Storms in the Anthropocene and Post-Truth Epochs

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by Paul R. Pillar The loss of respect for truth is one of the most consequential features of public affairs in American today. The roots and causes of this tragic development are multiple. The spread of social media and the… Continue Reading  

A President Without Purpose

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by Paul R. Pillar Since early in last year’s election campaign, countless pages of commentary about Donald Trump’s presidency have taken the form that policy analysis about U.S. presidents and presidential candidates usually takes. Purported policy objectives are identified, the… Continue Reading  

Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia

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by James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support… Continue Reading  

Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State

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by Alfred W. McCoy [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power.] In the wake of the… Continue Reading  

Iranians and Their iPhones, and the Futility of Sanctions

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by Paul R. Pillar U.S.-imposed economic sanctions often have been misdirected and counterproductive, but a new sanctions-related development involving Iran is especially illustrative.