Hello, and welcome back to The Best and the Brightest. Julia Ioffe here, popping in real quick from my book leave—who wants to hear about Soviet pro-natalist policies? yeah!—to say hi and because it felt important to write to you now as Secretary Antony Blinken bounces from Beijing to London, trying to wrangle two of America’s gnarliest foreign policy issues: China and the war in Ukraine.
Blinken arrived in Beijing over the weekend, five months after his original meeting with Xi Jinping was canceled when China’s spy balloon decided to make figure-eights over some very sensitive parts of...
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The reclusive and peripatetic billionaire philanthropist appears to be changing gears once again, with plans to seemingly scale back his political and philanthropic work. The fallout could be significant.
It’s something of an inside joke in philanthropy circles that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, every few years, seems to go through some sort of half-baked pseudo-philosophical reassessment of his priorities and role in the world. He’ll spin out a new organization or two in a restructuring, or decide to go after Mark Zuckerberg and bankroll a Facebook whistleblower, or even just delete his...
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