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Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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.

Political Development
Tim Bower
Good Government, Bad Government

Fortuitous historical sequencing in political development is one of the keys to good government.

The State
Political Order and Political Decay

Volume two of the project I started writing in 2011, titled Political Order in Changing Societies, hits bookstores later this month. It is an attempt to map out how modern states have evolved out of patrimonial ones, and tries to show how simplistic understandings of how development works can lead to disastrous policy.

The Ties That Used to Bind
The Decay of American Political Institutions

We have a problem, but we can’t see it clearly because our focus too often discounts history.

Why We Need a New Pendleton Act

The botched rollout of healthcare.gov shows why the US desperately needs reform of its public sector.  President Obama has shown great faith in the ability of government to provide services, but absolutely no awareness of how poorly it performs, or how desperately it needs a total restructuring.Getting the healthcare insurance web site up and running […]

Bad Mandates and Dirty Water

I could spend the next ten posts or so describing how poorly crafted legislative mandates have led to bad administrative outcomes, but I’ll provide just one here that is quite typical of many developing-world public agencies.The city of Hyderabad, India, has been one of the fastest growing over the past two decades, and one of […]

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Gazproblems

Gazprom supplies to Ukraine were shut off today as the two sides failed to reach a new natural gas agreement.

Internet Age

In the wake of protests against Uber by French cabbies, another sign of France’s turbulent adjustment to the sharing economy.

Cuban Embassy Opening

This morning President Obama is expected to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and his supporters will no doubt hail this as a great success. It’s certainly a good thing, but it’s not a big thing.

Terrible Timing

At just the moment when our economy desperately needs a wave of innovation and small-scale entrepreneurialism, the Left has decided to do everything in its power to make the American system as inflexible and corporatist as possible.

Enviro-Mental

Germany’s energy transition has a remarkable ability to consistently fail in its objectives.

Terrorism and Tourism

The latest terror attack at the Marhaba resort in Tunisia continues a worrying trend of terrorists targeting countries economic engines, a trend which Tunisia’s tourism industry can ill-afford.

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