• Coronavirus Unmasks the Global War on Millennials

    We are seeing in the exploitation of the coronavirus by authoritarians in Asia, Europe and South America not only similar profiles of nationalistic rhetoric and isolationist tendencies, but also something much more nefarious. Each of these individuals—such as Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jingping, Hungary's Viktor Orban and Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, among others—have something in common that transcends their words and actions. Read the rest exclusively at Newsweek here.

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    No One is Immune to 'The Trump Treatment'

    Social distancing never met Lyndon Baines Johnson. Everyone who had something he wanted met the same fate. The imposing 6-foot 3-inch senator turned vice president turned president would hover above his target, inches from their face, cajoling them into political submission. It was called the “Johnson Treatment” and was such a dominant part of Johnson’s lore that it commands an exhibit at his presidential library.  Seven presidents later, George W. Bush became known, at least privately, for grilling advisors in what we called “policy time” in the Bush White House. In [...]

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    The Global Stress Test

    Speaking to a virtual convening hosted by the Atlantic Council last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu compared the COVID-19 global pandemic to an exercise stress test that monitors heart rates, blood pressure and breathing. This moment in time, he said, is “the ultimate stress test for the entire world. It has revealed our vulnerabilities, it has also shown our strengths.” The conjured images of a bionic-looking man hooked up to gadgets and gizmos briskly walking on a treadmill aside, his point is well taken. With each spike in infections and deaths our blood pressure[...]

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    Could COVID-19 Make Us Trust Our Institutions Again?

    Long before COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, China, there was in the United States a deep chasm between government and constituent, business and customer, and media and information consumer. This gulf is regularly gauged by the Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual measure of how Americans look at the institutions charged with protecting us, profiting our economy to the benefit of our citizenry and keeping us informed. And while it’s easy to blame distrust in our institutions as a consequence of the present political environment, 20 years of Edelman surveys can attest that the seeds were planted[...]

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    Socialism Comes Ashore

    I looked out the window and immediately thought, “I’m not supposed to be here.” It was January 2019, just four days after I returned from a trip to the more opulent parts of the Middle East – Oman and the United Arab Emirates – and I was in Havana, Cuba, passing by a giant poster emblazoned with Fidel Castro’s face and the words “Socialism or Death” written in imposing block letters. I couldn’t help but think each taxi was mandated to drive Americans by this sign as a reminder that while only 90 miles from the border of freedom, we were in a much different [...]

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    What Comes First? Public Health or the Economy?

    Do we live to support the economy or does the economy live to support us? Do we learn new skills to keep the economic engine humming? Or do we learn new skills to advance ourselves and our careers to the betterment of our families and futures? The answers to these questions, being debated in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, are beginning to fracture the Republican Party. On one side sits Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican in the high-risk age demographic, who lamented that he was not consulted before states imposed stay-at-home orders. “No one reached out to me and said, as a [...]

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    Braun, Young Republicans Jump into Climate Discussion

    For decades now, ever since Al Gore became synonymous with global warming, Republicans have mocked, ridiculed and sneered at prophesiers of “climate change.” Whether a heat wave or a cold spell, all were similarly dismissed as hocus pocus and Hogwartsian wizardry. But now, as polling suggests the Republican Party may be experiencing a reverse tractor beam pull with young voters turned off by the lack of climate seriousness, a new tune is being sung on Capitol Hill. High-profile Congressmen such as Kevin McCarthy, Matt Gaetz and Dan Crenshaw, as well as Indiana’s very own Senator Mike[...]

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    Trump's Move on Iran and the Question of Leadership

    What is leadership? It was a question posed to us, a group of two dozen Atlantic Council Millennium Fellows, as we sat in a small classroom at a secluded and rustic resort on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, this past May for a professional development retreat. What attributes constitute leadership, the session’s facilitator asked. How, more specifically, do you know a leader when you see one? The answers ran the gamut of available responses. Leadership was having a platform to share a worthwhile message, offered one fellow. It was casting an actionable vision, said another. We also [...]

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    The Democrats’ Generational Dichotomy

    Firmly in their golden years and entering the twilight of their lives, the oft-muted Silent Generation is making a final and defiant stand to re-define their political legacy. But rather than march together en masse in support of one of the nearly octogenarian candidates of their generation — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg — the 74+ crowd is shifting a significant chunk of their allegiance to someone who is literally half their age, support that could otherwise put one of the Silent generation candidates over the edge.[...]

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    Mandates Are Impossible in 'Margin of Error' America

    It’s that time of year again. With as many as four toss-up contests set to determine which party controls the U.S. Senate come January 2021, another 23 toss-ups poised to crown the next speaker of the House, and the possible impeachment of the president of the United States on the line, it might as well be Christmas for the no-accountability caucus of coastal political pundits and prognosticators who commentate with speculative certainty about too-close-to-call races and issues. But while the Beltway intelligentsia attempts to draw black and white conclusions about what will happen, the [...]

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