Rank #1: The Return of Marco Polo's World, with Robert D. Kaplan
Rank #2: Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, with Francis Fukuyama
Rank #3: The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder, with Sean McFate
"Nobody fights conventionally except for us anymore, yet we're sinking a big bulk, perhaps the majority of our defense dollars, into preparing for another conventional war, which is the very definition of insanity," declares national security strategist and former paratrooper Sean McFate. The U.S. needs to recognize that we're living in an age of "durable disorder"--a time of persistent, smoldering conflicts--and the old rules no longer apply.
Rank #4: Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, with Larry Diamond
Larry Diamond's core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If the U.S. does not reclaim its traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian trend could become a tsunami that could provide an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the 21st century into a dark time of surging authoritarianism.
Rank #5: Global Ethics Weekly: Orbán's Hungary, the EU, & a "Values-Free Alliance"
Rank #6: Global Ethics Weekly: Helsinki's Aftermath & the "Montenegro Test"
Rank #7: Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? with Graham Allison
Rank #8: Working Toward an "Open Knowledge" Future, with Catherine Stihler
Catherine Stihler, CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation, talks about how she is working toward an "open world where all non-personal information is free for everyone to use, build on, and share." As a former member of European Parliament, she also details the role that governments can play. What would a "fair, free, and open future" look like? What effect is today's divisive political atmosphere having on this goal?
Rank #9: Iran: A Modern History, with Abbas Amanat
Rank #10: Fight for Liberty, with Max Boot, Philip Bobbitt, Garry Kasparov, & Bret Stephens
Rank #11: George Friedman: The End of the International Order and the Future of Asia
Rank #12: Trump's National Security Strategy, with Julianne Smith
Rank #13: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2018 with Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer
Rank #14: "End of an Era" in China, with Carl Minzner
Rank #15: Stratfor's Rodger Baker on the Rebalancing of World Politics and Asia
Rank #16: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, with David Sanger
From the U.S. operation against Iran's nuclear enrichment plant, to Chinese theft of personal data, North Korea's financially motivated attacks on American companies, or Russia's interference in the 2016 election, cyberweapons have become the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. "New York Times" national security correspondent David Sanger explains how and why cyberattacks are now the number one security threat.