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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 24, 2014
Cameron in a Corner

EU to UK: Go On, Pay Up, Subsidize the French

The EU is making the United Kingdom pay handsomely for its economic success even as it sets aside a huge handout to struggling France. It’s a calculated move at a politically awkward time that is sure to strengthen the UK’s appetite for a BREXIT.

From the November/December Issue

Populist Illusions and Pluralist Realities

Trying to solve the problems of democracy with more democracy doesn’t work. Here’s why.

October 23, 2014
The Future of the GOP

Red Dawn in the Morning, Incumbents Take Warning

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.

Gazproblems

Europe’s Energy Supplies Are Anything But Secure

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.

The Brotherhood Out of Power

As Egypt’s Students Protest, Radicals Move In

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.

The Fracas in Caracas

Venezuela Outdoes The Onion

Venezuela attempts to ration groceries by using fingerprint scanner—with predictable results.

A Greener Planet?

Modi Tackles Fuel Subsidies

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.

The Shi'a Shore

The Sunni-Shi’a Conflict Heads to the Red Sea

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.

Democracy Commotion

USAID Shows Commitment to Democracy by Covering Up Failures

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.

Essay

Power to the People, Softly

“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.

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