A visit to an underground Shanghai house church gives an inside look into how millions of Chinese citizens worship. But as the new generation makes its mark on Chinese Christianity, it is also being hit by a regime suspicious of foreign subversion.
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Yale, and other elite colleges, have been rocked by controversies and protests. The problem is an elite that has forgotten itself, neglected its institutions, and fallen into ideological frenzy.
Artificial intelligence poses serious risks to human dominance. Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype, has spent the last 10 years shining a spotlight on the problem. We spoke with Jaan to get his bold opinions and thoughts on what can be done.
American workers are turning against globalization, but this turn isn’t sufficient for the creation of a new political coalition. Deep divides within the working class and the nature of power stand in the way of organized labor.
The hype surrounding AI automation has led many companies to rush into disastrous implementation. Rather than a response to proven results, automation looks more like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
New research is making progress on potentially slowing the aging process. A society of healthier and longer-lived people would have many obvious benefits. But current inter-generational tensions also point to potential conflicts.
The U.S. national security state has been a driving force behind the Huawei ban, particularly after lobbying failures in Europe. The confrontation will spur China to secure technological sovereignty and continue to erase the domestic line between economics and politics.
French President Emmanuel Macron has embraced republican solidarity domestically and staunch liberalism in foreign policy. In doing so, he risks a contradiction that has brought down multiple regimes in the country’s history.
Amazon’s growing market power has made it the subject of antitrust rhetoric. The same corporate structure which contributed to its rapid growth may ensure its survival in the event of a crackdown.
In a newly translated speech, General Secretary Xi Jinping demonstrates the Party’s commitment to presenting its development path as Marxist, rather than allowing “state capitalist” narratives to flourish.
A new state consciousness is necessary to reverse factionalism and the decay of public institutions.
Cryptoassets allow people to bypass capital controls and exit expropriation. This may lead to more global migration among the upper and upper-middle classes, and conflict with rooted communities and local states.
The Botswanan elite have prudently handled the succession problem, potential rival power centers, Cold War tensions, and ethnic politics. This has allowed Botswana to defy troubles that would otherwise result in a basket case state.
Critics see Viktor Orbán’s semi-illiberal Christian democracy as a new opponent of liberalism. But Hungary has always stood on the edge of the Western order. Rather than destroying European institutions, Orbán is attempting to change the terms of their political deal.
For decades, stability in the Balkans has depended on American support. A new Kosovo deal is set to have ripple effects across the region’s ambitious nationalist governments. With the Trump administration desiring withdrawal, the region is on the brink of renewed conflict.
Middle Eastern Christians have been decimated by years of conflict. Now, they are participating in broad and unusual coalitions, even with Bashar al-Assad and groups like Hezbollah. These alliances will define politics for a generation.
Gustav Hilger, a German strategic mastermind during World War II, remains almost totally unknown. But he exerted enormous influence on the U.S. architects of the post-war liberal international order, who proclaimed liberal values, but operated in a much more pragmatic manner behind the scenes.
Japan is anxious over China’s rise and America’s decline. It is reinventing itself to maintain autonomy, but the nationalist Japanese government is having to make do without a cooperative emperor. It may be too little, too late.