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The U.S. has benefited from the fact that a single vision of how the world works has never held sway for too long, Gideon Rose writes. But the country would be better served by an approach that can draw upon multiple traditions and test the results.

How can the United States strengthen its defenses against foreign hacking campaigns?

@SurupaG  and Sumit Ganguly examine the history of efforts to reform India’s stagnating farm sector—and the reasons why the government’s latest attempt has met with such a strong backlash.

China’s contributions to the fight against fascism during World War II are rarely acknowledged in the West. Rana Mitter’s new book, “China’s Good War,” opens a window into the legacy of that experience, @jessicacweiss  writes.

“Far from being a distraction from great-power competition, Africa promises to become one of its important theaters.”

To stem migration from Central America, past U.S. administrations emphasized economic and security initiatives and failed to prioritize governance, @dan_restrepo  writes. If Biden hopes to keep migration at manageable levels, he must put governance first.

“The Saudis and the Emiratis may have very little incentive to engage in regional diplomacy in good faith so long as they believe that the United States has the interest and political will to continue to dominate the region militarily.”

Broad restrictions on Chinese tech firms—such as Trump’s 2019 ban preventing Huawei from using the Google Android operating system—can end up harming U.S. companies and consumers while undermining security, @MattPerault  and @SammSacks  write.

“A willingness to renounce violence and work across tribal divides matters immensely. It can be the difference between perpetual conflict and durable peace.”


In a review of two recent books, @JanePerlez  considers what China’s crackdown on Hong Kong will mean for the city’s residents, for the region, and for the world:

Evidence of mass surveillance, arbitrary arrest, forced labor, detention camps, torture, and murder in Xinjiang has piled up, but China’s economic power has deterred many world leaders from open criticism. Read @excinit  on whether this is about to change:

Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, writes Michael C. Davis. This achievement is now at risk.

“What has been Asia’s financial hub may find itself reduced to a twenty-first-century version of the fishing village that Queen Victoria’s subjects found when they sailed into the harbor in 1841.”

One million people could die on the first day of any preventive or preemptive war with North Korea.