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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

When money can’t buy an army. Kelley Vlahos reports on the costly and unsuccessful effort to build Afghanistan’s military.

Who will shake up the foreign policy status quo? Christopher Preble explains why the bipartisan consensus on U.S. primacy needs to be challenged.

America pays a high price for knee-jerk military spending. William Ruger spells out the fiscal and political costs of overreacting to foreign threats.

Foreign policy and the fear of boredom. Jordan Michael Smith takes Michael Ignatieff to task for his dissatisfaction with peace and quiet.

The case against Saakashvili. Adrian Karatnycky warns Ukrainians about the authoritarian tendencies and erratic behavior of the former Georgian president.

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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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