Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 31 Aug 2017
This is essential reading for those trying to understand how the conflict between President Trump and his government will pan out. The law professor explains why the widespread resistance inside the government to many of Trump’s endeavors is real, but doesn’t come from an insidious, undemocratic “deep state”. It simply comes from the large, complex hive of people and procedures that constitute the U.S. federal government. This makes it highly effective (reads in 5-7 min)
Published in Weekly selection 18 August 2017
The New Yorker - 19 Jun 2017
This is a scathing critic of Graham Allison’s book and contention that a war between China and the US is much more likely than we think. Ian Buruma thinks not and explains why. In his view, Allison underrates the many factures that could slow things down quite soon. He also comments on several other books recently published on the same subject (reads in about 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2017
The New York Times - metered paywall - 30 May 2017
According to the prominent Harvard historian, History suggests that as President Trump comes to understand the risks involved, he will settle for constraints on North Korean testing to stop it from being able to reach the American homeland with a nuclear-tipped missile. In his opinion, what we see unfolding now is a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion. He concludes with a most original idea (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 June 2017