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Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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.

Political Development
Tim Bower
Good Government, Bad Government

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

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Storm Clouds

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro locked up an opposition leader previously under house arrest ahead of scheduled protests later this week. Will he call in the army next?

Golden State Blues

Labor unions side with NIMBYs to block a measure that would slow the growth in housing costs.

Age of Abe

Many in the West—and some in Japan—seem to think Abe’s nationalism could be his undoing, but the poll suggests that this is a premature and shallow judgment.

2016

Crowing about Trump’s confusion on immigration, rather than taking stock of what enabled him to get as far as he has on the issue, would be a mistake.

The Asia Pivot

Obama gets ready to make a historic visit to Laos.

Pension Blues

Investors around the world are starting to pay attention to the lies baked into the cake of the U.S. municipal and state debt markets.

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