Successive crises in Ukraine, the Senkakus and Syria have inspired some great writing, including:
Peter Beinart on credibility anxiety;
Michael Cohen on the false notion that America is in retreat;
the surprisingly liberal origins of the term Realpolitik in the modern age, as the pursuit of ‘liberal, enlightened goals in a world that does not follow liberal, enlightened rules; and how to ensure political and social progress in an unstable and unpredictable environment.’
Worth a read!