Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  1. Mr. Abe Goes to Washington

    Yuriko Koike

    Mr. Abe Goes to Washington


     on why Japan's prime minister will address the US Congress – and why it's never happened before.

    Shinzo Abe arms open Shinzo Abe/Ma Ping/ZumaPress

    Later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint session of the US Congress. The Japan-US alliance is now 63 years old, so why is this the first time that a democratically elected Japanese leader has received this honor from the American government and people? READ MORE

  2. A War of Values With Russia

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen
  3. The Mealy-Mouthed West

    Ana Palacio

    The Mealy-Mouthed West


     argues that politicians’ addiction to meaningless rhetoric is a key threat to global order.

    Barack Obam Mohammad Khursheed/ZumaPress

    Among the numerous challenges the West faces, one is consistently overlooked: its addiction to meaningless rhetoric. When a country's strategic statements require endless interpretation and explanation, their impact on adversaries, allies, citizens, and government agencies is weakened dramatically. READ MORE

  4. Why Turkey Won’t Go Nuclear

    George Perkovich, ET AL
  5. Narrative Power in Turkey

    Dani Rodrik

    Narrative Power in Turkey


     asks why the liberal intelligentsia and many foreign observers supported political show trials.

    Turkey Piero Castellano/ZumaPress

    At the end of March, a retrial resulted in the acquittal of more than 200 Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup in 2003 against the newly elected government. The question is why so many liberals and foreign observers believed in the credibility of the charges. READ MORE

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