Thursday, August 17, 2017
  1. World Affairs

    The Wrong Way to Prevent Nuclear War

    Carl Bildt
    World Affairs

    The Wrong Way to Prevent Nuclear War

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     explains why a proposed treaty to ban nuclear weapons would be ineffective, or even dangerous.

    China's first nuclear missile Teh Eng Koon/Getty Images
    A vast majority of countries want to eliminate the existential threat of nuclear catastrophe by ushering in a world free of nuclear weapons altogether. But as the current effort to push through a flawed nuclear-ban treaty shows, some solutions to the problem of nuclear weapons could do more harm than good. READ MORE
  2. Culture & Society

    Are Nazis as American as Apple Pie?

    James Q. Whitman
    Culture & Society

    Are Nazis as American as Apple Pie?

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     says the real threat to democracy is not extremists so much as the institutions that enable them.

    Violent clashes in Charlottesville Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
    Notwithstanding recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, any sober observer can see that the United States is still a long way from the fevered atmosphere of Germany in 1933. But just because US institutions are holding up does not mean that they can't be put in the service of vicious political programs. READ MORE
  3. Economics

    The Lost Lesson of the Financial Crisis

    Mohamed A. El-Erian
    Economics

    The Lost Lesson of the Financial Crisis

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     argues that advanced economies still haven't done enough to fix their flawed growth models.

    A man walks past BNP Paribas bank Fred Dufour/Getty Images
    When the global financial crisis began ten years ago this month, policymakers in advanced economies treated it as a cyclical shock rather than an epochal event. Because they misdiagnosed the sickness, they administered the wrong medicine, and advanced economies have struggled to achieve strong, inclusive growth ever since. READ MORE
  4. Politics

    Planning for Korean Reunification

    Lee Jong-Wha
    Politics

    Planning for Korean Reunification

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     warns that, in the absence of a contingency plan, a collapse of the Kim regime could be a disaster.

    South Korean Unification Ministry meeting Getty Images
    Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, a collapse of Kim Jong-un's regime in North Korea could happen quite suddenly. To prepare for that contingency, the United States and South Korea need to assure China that a reunified Korea would not be its enemy, and that American troops would not suddenly be stationed on its border. READ MORE
  5. World Affairs

    The End of Asia’s Strategic Miracle?

    Richard N. Haass
    World Affairs

    The End of Asia’s Strategic Miracle?

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     worries that the longstanding foundation of peace and order in the region is starting to crumble.

    Tokyo Ginza district Yoshikazu Tsuno/Getty Images
    Asia's contemporary "economic miracle" rests on the fact that relative peace and order have been maintained in the region since the end of the Vietnam War. But the factors underpinning that stability have started to give way, which poses a serious threat to not just Asia, but the entire world. READ MORE

Video

How Long Can the Eurozone Survive Without Greater Integration?

Kenneth Rogoff examines the long-term prospects for Europe’s single-currency.

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