Trying to solve the problems of democracy with more democracy doesn’t work. Here’s why.
Many of the most conservative governors up for re-election are facing very challenging re-election campaigns, even in states that are further to the right than the nation as a whole. That’s not a very promising sign for any attempt to take the “red dawn” national.
European policymakers have been busy these last few months looking for alternative energy sources to Russian gas, but at the end of the day, the continent is and will remain heavily dependent on Putin’s hydrocarbons.
A series of bombings following a wave of student protests in Egypt reveals that Sisi might have a Brotherhood youth problem, and a violent one at that.
Venezuela attempts to ration groceries by using fingerprint scanner—with predictable results.
Narendra Modi is starting to roll out some of his more significant macro reforms, including rolling out cuts to longstanding fuel subsidies. Greens should rejoice.
Yemen’s Shi’a Houthi rebels seized a port on the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which has a controlling strategic position on the Red Sea. Egypt, Saudi, and the UAE worry that this could give Iran control of the Red Sea as well as the Gulf.
The Inspector General’s office, charged with evaluating the performance of USAID programs, systematically removed criticisms from several final reports on programs with questionable success or legal validity. The U.S. is not nearly as good at encouraging democracy in developing countries as the democracy promotion consultants would like you to think.
“Decentralization” is a dirty byword for federalization in much of Eurasia (cf. Ukraine), but it’s not a bad idea in Georgia, especially after the excesses of centralization under Mikheil Saakashvili.
Why is the Arab Spring’s sole success story producing more ISIS fighters than anywhere else?