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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

In defense of nothing. Jeremy and Shapiro use the administration’s decision to keep troops in Syria indefinitely to explain why it is sometimes better for the U.S. to do nothing at all.

Maybe the free world doesn’t need a leader. Leonid Bershidsky considers the possible candidates for the role and suggests that the “free world” doesn’t have to have a single leader.

Egypt is a terrible “ally.” Richard Sokolsky and Andrew Miller make the case for significantly reducing military assistance to Egypt.

Congress must debate a possible attack on North Korea. Daniel Davis explains why the “potential costs of nuclear war are too terrifying to be imposed on a people without their consent.”

The strange saga of Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukraine’s authoritarian descent. David Klion puts Saakashvili’s latest stunts in the context of Ukraine’s deepening political dysfunction.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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