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    The Right Time for Joe Biden

    Ian Buruma

    The new US president may not be an original thinker, a courageous leader, or exude personal magnetism, but are liberal democracies best served by such leaders in times of crisis? In fact, those hoping for a new New Deal in America can take comfort in the precedent of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

    explains why the US president's lack of brilliance, heroism, and charisma may be his greatest strength.
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    A Realist Reset for US-Saudi Relations

    Richard Haass

    President Joe Biden’s administration appears determined to separate America's relationship with the Kingdom from the relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But this separation will likely prove impossible to sustain. 

    explains why the Biden administration has no choice but to maintain ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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    Low Dishonest Decades

    John Andrews

    Former US President Donald Trump is not Hitler, and America is not the Weimar Republic. But, as four excellent recent books about the interwar years show, false narratives and craven political choices can have dreadful consequences that may not emerge immediately.

    draws contemporary lessons from four recent books charting Europe's slide toward war in the 1920s and 1930s.
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