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Francis Fukuyama Resolves To Blog

History isn’t over in the blogosphere; Francis Fukuyama, the chairman of the board here at The American Interest, has announced his intention to relaunch his blog on the site.  His New Year’s resolution to blog more appears on the site today. You can find him here.He joins Peter Berger and Jagdish Bhagwati on a blogroll […]

NYT Squeezes Bad News From Good

A worthless desert in South Africa, largely inhabited by drought-stricken sheep and a handful of marginal farmers, turns out to contain rich natural gas reserves that could bring a new wave of economic growth to South Africa and provide huge numbers of well paying jobs for poorly educated workers.The New York Times, of course, is […]

Philadelphia: The Cheesiest Are Robbing the Neediest

Marian Tasco and Ronald Donatucci should be ashamed of themselves.  Their shortsighted greed is wrecking Philadelphia.Marian Tasco is a Philadelphia city councilor who voted for DROP, an outrageous pension giveaway that allows the shameless and depraved to retire for one day, collect a six figure retirement payout, and return to work the next morning.Yesterday the […]

Good News From Italy?

There has not been much good news coming out of Italy lately, and we shouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon.  The weak “technocratic” government is committed to an austerity and liberalization program that strikes at the heart of the Italian political system, and the politicians have the votes to water down and amend whatever […]

New Year’s Resolution

My resolution for 2012 is to restart the blogging I did on The American Interest’s web site, something I haven’t done since 2009. I stopped writing back then because I was in the process of drafting the first volume of The Origins of Political Order and didn’t have the time.I’m now in the midst of […]

Yule Blog 2011-12: Personal Meaning

Earlier this week I blogged about how theists and atheists are the not all that different from each other; we are almost all transcendentalists in the sense that almost all of us find some kind of moral, ethical and even spiritual meaning in life. Human life amounts to more than eating and scratching our various […]

Mead Books of 2011

The editors of Foreign Affairs have published my list of the three best books on the United States I reviewed for them in 2011.  You can also see the list of my colleagues’ selections in a variety of fields.  The capsule book reviews at the end of each issue of Foreign Affairs are one of […]

Yule Blog 2011-12: Meaning in Three Dimensions

Now it gets tough. That little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying so cutely in the manger is the biggest trouble maker in world history, and the shocking claims that Christianity makes about who he is and what he means divide Christians not only from atheists and agnostics, but also splits Christians off from […]

Chavez Falls Off The Edge of the World

Hugo Chavez has a new theory: that the US has developed a secret technology and is using it to give cancer to left wing Latin American rulers that we don’t like.  After all, Fidel Castro, the Hero of Venezuela himself, the president of Paraguay, the current and former presidents of Brazil and now Cristina Kirchner […]

US Play for Pacific Prosperity

The Wall Street Journal has published a piece I’ve written on America’s emerging Pacific policy.  It’s a policy that has roots in both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and rests on ideas that date back before the American Revolution, and it is one that is likely to outlive the Obama administration. While the […]

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A Development Bidding War

Japan announced that it’s putting $110 billion into its Asian Development Bank. That’s conspicuously more than the $100 billion of capital in China’s AIIB, which has been grabbing headlines recently.

ISIS Crisis

ISIS is on the march, taking yet another strategic location. ISIS’ dream of a Sunni state in the midst of the ruins of Iraq and Syria grows closer by the day

Build Me Up Buttercup

French president Hollande poured cold water over international climate politics in the run-up to December’s historic summit.

America's Asia Policy

In Washington, there’s strong support for America’s firm new stance against China’s attempt to redraw the lines in the South China Sea.

Frack Baby Frack

David Cameron’s new Conservative government is highly motivated to tap the country’s sizable shale reserves. The timing couldn’t be better.

Intergenerational War

Moody’s downgraded Puerto Rico a week after it downgraded Chicago. Illinois, take note: protecting underfunded pension plans means the axe will fall elsewhere.

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