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international affairs



  • Russia’s Long and Mostly Unsuccessful History of Election Interference

    by Casey Michel

    Trump’s willingness to allow foreign governments to influence American elections is historically unprecedented. Just how unprecedented becomes clear when you look back at the long history of attempts by foreign powers (almost always Russia) to tip an outcome to their advantage.



  • History Museum Explores Germans’ View of Britain

    by The Associated Press

    As Brexit looms, one of Germany’s main history museums is examining Germans’ views of the British, complete with a countdown clock that may be reset if Britain’s departure from the European Union is delayed.



  • Around the World with Mao Zedong

    by Ian Johnson

    Julia Lovell's "Maoism: A Global History" traces the surprisingly wide influence of Chinese Communism. 


  • When Clowns Rule the World

    by Michael A. Genovese

    Why are so many world leaders today literal or figurative clowns? Our century has ushered in the Age of the Clown Politician.



  • How Fake News Could Lead to Real War

    by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

    We think of false information as a domestic problem. It’s much more dangerous than that.



  • The Surprising History of Nationalist Internationalism

    by David Motadel

    Internationalism, a concept that, after all, implicitly presumes the existence of the nation, and extreme nationalism are not necessarily incompatible. The far right is less parochial than we think — and that’s dangerous.


  • Is the Western World Declining and Russia Rising?

    by Walter G. Moss

    Yes, according to Glenn Diesen’s 2018 book The Decay of Western Civilization and Resurgence of Russia. But this isn't the first time scholars have made such a prediction and been wrong.