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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 2, 2014
China and its neighbors

Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi: Friends ‘Til the End

Indian PM Modi and Japanese PM Abe met in Kyoto to cement the two countries’ alliance in ways that China will not be happy to see: defense cooperation, a nuclear deal, and mutually beneficial infrastructural projects.

the new world disorder

The Terrorists Didn’t Take a Holiday

The weekend report on that global war Obama said was over: more terror attacks in the Middle East and Africa.

Uber Alles? Nein!

German Court Bans Uber for Entire Country

A regional German court has banned Uber in the entire country for falling afoul of licensing requirements. But the debate over Uber has much wider implications for whether the West will embrace or resist the benefits of technological change.

Pakistan

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.

Essay

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.

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