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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 2, 2014

A Dictatorship in Drag

Pakistan is and has been for many years a dictatorship in drag. The military and intelligence establishment actually run the country but prefer to mask their control with a veneer of civilian rule.

A Thousand Little Revolutions

Ukraine’s Real Problem: Rampant Corruption

Putin is only the most obvious threat to Ukraine’s future. Corruption is an even bigger problem.

September 1, 2014
From the Archives

Democracy, Union Made

Free trade unions have long been global democracy’s most powerful accelerator. How did we forget that?

From the September/October Issue

Public Defenders

Two veteran public high-school teachers parse new books about what they do every weekday.


Ukraine Meltdown

Putin Plows on as West Watches

Yet again, Putin looks to have blown past Western ‘smart diplomats’ with his latest moves in Ukraine.


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 bad policy.

UKIP If You Want To

Tory MP Shocks Westminster with Switch to UKIP

A well-regarded young libertarian MP shocks the British establishment.

Crisis in Ukraine

Russia’s Choice: Putinism or Progress

Here are several things Western policymakers can do to help Russia reject the former and choose the latter.

August 31, 2014
Thai Coup

Thai Military Settles in for the Long Haul

The Thai military maintains that democracy will return to the country in late 2015, but in the meantime, the new Prime Minister, General Prayuth, is consolidating his hold on power.

Splish Splash

Libyan Islamists Party in U.S. Embassy Pool

Libyan Islamists play in the swimming pool at the abandoned U.S. Embassy residential annex in Tripoli. Meanwhile, they claim to have control over the embassy itself.

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