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Beats of Optimism
Music

Beats of Optimism

The music of an early 20th-century composer and that of a modern rapper seem worlds apart, but they are linked in how they convey the Black American experience.

Nicole Penn
The Enemy Uncounted

The Enemy Uncounted

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seems determined to deal with extremism in the U.S. military. Capitol Hill Republicans, Fox News, and even some of his top commanders prefer denial.

Carla Anne Robbins
Wolf Warrior Diplomacy
Books

Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

Peter Martin’s China’s Civilian Army reveals the illustrious lineage of China’s newly assertive diplomats.

Connor Fiddler
Can the Democrats Save Our Democracy?

Can the Democrats Save Our Democracy?

The Democratic Party must fend off extremes and hold on to responsible, center-left politics.

Will Marshall
The H Factor
Books

The H Factor

When it comes to addressing inequality, writers like Michael Sandel overlook human agency.

Paul DeRosa
Voice of Freedom
Interview

Voice of Freedom

Moldovan President Maia Sandu speaks with Iulia-Sabina Joja about Russia, kleptocracy, and the fight for democracy in Eastern Europe.

Maia Sandu, Iulia-Sabina Joja
The Lessons of the Pandemic

The Lessons of the Pandemic

The United States did some things well and some things poorly—and important questions remain unanswered.

Michael Mandelbaum
A Pipe Dream Comes True

A Pipe Dream Comes True

Joe Biden hands Angela Merkel a nice farewell present by caving on Nord Stream 2. The Berlin-Moscow deal is not just about gas and cash. It affirms a tacit strategic relationship that dents the containment of Russian ambitions.

Josef Joffe