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Containing Rogue America

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Donald Trump's bald threats at the UN to “destroy” North Korea and dismantle the Iran nuclear deal were like nothing ever heard from the lips of a postwar US president. Can anything be done to prevent Trump’s incendiary rhetoric from becoming a dangerous reality for the world?

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  1. Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work
    A North Korean man sells items to Chinese tourists Greg Baker/Getty Images

    Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work

    Sep 20, 2017 Yasheng Huang says the key is to bring China – the only country that really matters – fully on board.

  2. Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal
     Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Sep 20, 2017 Ana Palacio urges the EU to pre-empt the potentially devastating consequences of US efforts to kill the JCPOA.

  3. The Global Leadership Vacuum
    Donald Trump,  Xi Jinping and  Angela Merkel John Macdougall/Getty Images

    The Global Leadership Vacuum

    Sep 19, 2017 Javier Solana questions whether Germany or China are really able to fill America's shoes during the Trump era.

  4. How Much Does Trump Matter?
    Trum in Springfield Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

    How Much Does Trump Matter?

    Sep 5, 2017 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. asks whether America's rise to global primacy, or its ability to retain it, relies on the president.

  1. patten149_OZAN KOSEAFP via Getty Images_uyghurprotest Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Chris Patten shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.
  2. velasco133_sUSAN WALSHPOOLAFP via Getty Images_bidenvonderleyen Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
  3. taniguchi1_Tomohiro OhsumiGetty Images_abemilitary Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
  4. mazzucato50_Andrea BonettiGreek Prime Minister's Office via Getty Images_popefrancis Andrea Bonetti/Greek Prime Minister's Office via Getty Images

    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
  5. lopes12_PIUS UTOMI EKPEIAFP via Getty Images_fossil fuel worker PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
  6. op_boccaletti3_Michele LapiniGetty Images_italyflood

    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
  7. james200_Sean GladwellGetty Images_worldconnection Sean Gladwell/Getty Images

    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
  8. stiglitz314_ Drew AngererGetty Images_jeromepowell Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    A careful look at US economic conditions supports the view that inflation was driven mainly by supply-side disruptions and shifts in the pattern of demand. Given this, further interest-rate hikes will have little to no effect – and will cause far-reaching problems of their own.

    sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.

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