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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
Malthus on the Nile

The endemic corruption in Egypt’s food ministry would make the Bourbons blush.

Ersatz Ethiopia

A silver medalist from Ethiopia crosses his arms in protest—and draws attention to the woes of America’s counter-terrorism partner in the Horn of Africa.

Of Temper Tantrums

Two weeks ago, Putin gave a speech where he pretty much demanded Ukraine’s leaders not be included in future discussions of its fate. The Europeans appear to have given in, at least for the next meet-up.

East Asia's Game of Thrones

We’re glad Beijing and Tokyo and Seoul are keeping lines of communication open as tensions rise, but we’re not optimistic.

Frack Baby Frack

Bargain crude dealt US shale a temporary setback, but the EIA expects output to climb 45 percent in the coming years.

Exploiting Havens

How a political asylee used his special status in Germany as a springboard for political action and armed operations in Yemen.

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