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by Michael Bluhm

Circuit Breaker

Why is the U.S. banning semiconductor-chip exports to China? Chris Miller on Washington’s new strategy to protect its military advantage and hobble Beijing’s.
Economy 9 min read
by Graham Vyse

‘No Man’s Land’

What’s happening to the U.S. Republican Party? A.B. Stoddard on signs of change, their ambiguous direction, and the resilience of populism on the American right.
Democracy 11 min read
by Eve Valentine

Game Within the Game

What’s driven Qatar’s extravagant spending for this year’s World Cup? Sarath K. Ganji on a powerful strategy for global influence and the subtle tactics of “sportswashing.”
Democracy 13 min read
by Eric Pfeiffer

The Seers

Why do American journalists keep telling the future after continually getting it wrong? James Fallows on the ideas and culture behind the predictive style in U.S. political media.
Democracy 9 min read
by Graham Vyse

Returns

What does the outcome of the U.S. midterm elections say about the country’s changing political life? Bill Scher on the end of one election cycle and the beginning of the next.
Democracy 11 min read
by Michael Bluhm

Lost in Translation

What happened to the historic turning point Germany announced back in February? Liana Fix on how a major transformation with global implications got sidetracked.
Democracy 12 min read
by Eve Valentine

Turning and Turning

What does the outcome of the U.S. midterm elections have to do with the future of democracy in America? J.J. Gould on political realities, conspiracy stories, and the new media ecosystem.
Democracy 10 min read
by Graham Vyse

Languages of Fear

Why the growing talk on the U.S. right of a “regime” in America? Laura K. Field on an emergent idea shaping the politics of the Republican Party.
Democracy 10 min read
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