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by Michael Bluhm

Still Standing

Why is North Korea testing a new ballistic missile? Stephan Haggard on the calculations behind Kim Jong-Un’s curious sudden move.
Democracy 11 min read
by Graham Vyse

Tomorrowland

Why is Disney suddenly at the center of such a fierce cultural fight in the U.S.? Carmenita Higginbotham on the newly polarizing politics of America’s most mainstream entertainment brand.
Culture 10 min read
by Graham Vyse

Perfectly Indiscriminate

What is the extent of Russian war crimes in Ukraine? Chimène Keitner on the brutal logic of Moscow’s continuing violations of international law.
Democracy 12 min read
by Michael Bluhm

System Shock

What is the war in Ukraine doing to the global economy? Adam Tooze on sanctions, inflation, and the world’s new financial order.
Economy 9 min read
by Graham Vyse

Monitored

How are media incentives changing American politics? Lance Strate on the paradoxical tension between transparency and democracy.
Democracy 9 min read
by Graham Vyse

The Americans

Where is sympathy for Putin in U.S. conservative media coming from? Cathy Young on the unusually complicated feelings about the Russian president running through the American right.
Culture 11 min read
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