Michael Auslin

Without the Emperor, What is Left of Old Japan?

Akihito has signalled that he is ready to abdicate, leaving a hidebound nation whose identity is still defined by its ancient imperial hierarchy

Shock And Awe: Tales Of A Washington Insider

The American establishment pays court to the Oval Office, but now the masses outside the Beltway are turning on their lords and masters

The Next US President Must Carry A Big Stick

The new leader of the free world will face a choice — continue the declinism of Barack Obama or reassert America’s global influence

Underrated: Shinzo Abe

The Japanese Prime Minister's bold reforms are now paying off

Overrated: Xi Jinping

The Chinese leader is repressive, bullying, and inadequate

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"