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Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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Too Much Law and Too Little Infrastructure

The United States lags behind other Western countries in infrastructure building because we have a system ruled by vetoes.

The Obama Doctrine: Responses
Good Points and Bad Points

Flaws aside, Obama is in touch with an American electorate that is very skeptical about the wisdom of heavy involvement in the Middle East.

Compare and Contrast
What’s Been Censored from the Chinese Edition of Political Order and Political Decay

For readers of the Chinese edition of Political Order and Political Decay, I thought you might like to know what parts were altered from the original text. The passages below are the English language originals, followed by the Chinese versions.  If you don’t read Chinese, there is an English-only version after the Chinese text.  Hence the […]

If It's Broke...
Our Peculiar Reform Challenge

An introduction to the oddities and limits of institutional political reform in the United States.

If It's Broke...
Fuss Budgeting

The U.S. budget process lies at the core of U.S. political dysfunction because it provides too many points of entry for the logic of collective action. It cannot be changed fundamentally, but it can be reformed at the margins.

Offshore Balancing in the Middle East
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Dealing with ISIS

The starting point for a sensible policy rests on the realization that the U.S. and other democratic countries have no reason to favor one religious sect over another in the Sunni-Shiite war.

Reviews
Waltzing with (Leo) Strauss

A new book arguing for the ubiquity of esoteric writing in pre-modern times redeems Leo Strauss from his many detractors.

Democracy More or Less
The Limits of Transparency

The idea that more transparency in government is always an unalloyed good is a dangerous populist illusion.

Immigration Unilateralism
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A Bad Call

President Obama is frustrated by gridlock and partisanship, and is seeking to use executive authority to rescue something of a legacy from his second term. His unilateralism will in no way make things better, however—quite the opposite.

Housekeeping
Welcome to the New Site

As the new site launches, a few words from the business side of the magazine.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
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The third branch could be a bulwark against Trump’s potential abuses of power.

Crude Economics

America’s rig count is rising, and it’s only going to climb further after OPEC’s decision to cut output.

Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

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