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September 30, 2014
Ask Adam Anything

Ask Adam Garfinkle Anything Today at 2pm EDT

Adam Garfinkle is participating in an Ask Me Anything on reddit today at 2pm EDT. He’ll be fielding questions about the Syrian conflict. Stop by and ask questions!

Mass Confusion

The World Is Getting More Complicated, and Americans Know it

A new poll finds that Americans who stay informed about politics believe the world has gotten more complicated over the last decade. Gentry liberals try to explain this away by accusing partisans like the Koch brothers of willfully distorting what are in truth simple matters. But it is far more reasonable to be confused during this age of uncertainty and anxiety than to believe that everything is crystal clear.

Combatting Corruption

A Conversation with Mark Wolf

Ruth Wedgwood interviews Judge Mark Wolf, a district judge on the federal bench in Massachusetts and former anti-corruption prosecutor, about his ideas for an International Anti-Corruption Court.

Xi's Cleaning House

The Purge Hits the Diplomats

Call it for what it is: an old fashioned party purge. 250,000 communist officials have been caught up so far in a massive effort to impose central control on local officials, with signs now that the purge could be catching Chinese diplomats in its sweep.

Arab Fall

Sisi Buying Time for Egypt’s Economy

Sisi is making progress to improve the Egyptian economy, but even if he can restore order, the fundamentals of the economy are still broken.

September 29, 2014
European Economy

Economic Eeyores in Europe

Europeans’ confidence in the present and future strength of their economy has tanked, both as a function of the fallout from the crisis in Ukraine and from the news of stagnant Eurozone growth last quarter.

Podcast

Episode 34: What Higher Ed Gets Wrong and a Sell for Soft Diplomacy

This week, we invite two professors on the show, one to discuss the state of higher education, and the other to outline a controversial strategy for dealing with an ever more pugnacious Putin.

Hail Shale

America About to Dethrone Saudi Arabia as Liquid Petroleum King

The United States looks ready to surpass Saudi Arabia as the number one producer of liquid petroleum for the first time in some 23 years. Who saw this coming?

The God Wars

“Filthy French” Muslims Raise Voices Against ISIS

After an ISIS ally in Algeria released a video of the beheading of a French national, French Muslims have gone into high gear in condemning ISIS. This is the best way to dissuade those sympathetic to ISIS and to forestall a backlash against ordinary Muslims.

Single Payer Pivot

Swiss Reject Single-Payer Health Care

On Sunday, Swiss voters handily rejected a proposal to scrap their private health care system in favor of a single-payer scheme. The defense offered of the current system seems sound in general, though it didn’t take rising costs seriously enough.

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