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Weekly Roundup
Tottering Ivory Towers, Baby Bonds, and Obama's Ill-Timed Vacation

Good afternoon, TAI readers! We trust you’re enjoying your weekend. Why not take the time this Sunday to look back on what you may have missed on our site over the past week?

Could baby bonds rescue America’s middle class? Richard J. Gelles argues that a policy of allocating newborns with “child allowances,” modeled after the GI bill, could re-open doors for upward mobility that have been slowly shutting in recent years.

Liberalism’s “beleaguered” victory. Twenty five years after Frank Fukuyama’s influential The End of History essay, Abram N. Shulsky looks at the current state of liberalism, and wonders if the ideology spawns counter-ideologies because of its very nature.

America is playing (and losing) a giant game of Whac-a-Mole. The Obama administration’s foreign policy has looked to be largely reactionary, and with modern authoritarianism on the march, it’s high time the U.S. overhauled its democracy support policies.

Ukraine 2014 is not the same as the Balkans 1914. If we’re searching for historical parallels, we’d be better served looking at World War II and the Cold War, because the conflict in Ukraine is an extension of the battle over post-Cold War order in Europe.

Ivory towers are tottering. So says Stuart Butler in his piece on the current state and tumultuous future of higher education. He suggests looking back to the past, to periods of technological tumult, to gauge what’s coming in the future for higher ed.

U.S. and Iran find common ground. Both countries wanted Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki out of power, and Walter Russell Mead wonders if that may have made them strategic partners in the Middle East.

Talk about fuzzy math. Pemex is including water in its oil production figures, according to an unnamed official, which helps explain a record gap between the Mexican state-owned oil company’s output numbers and the amount it’s actually processing. The need for reform is evident.

Tanks roll in Baghdad while Obama golfs. In a case of particularly bad optics, the President vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard while Iraq seemed to unravel this week. Either the President was willing to weather the bad press of this pairing, or the U.S. intelligence community was blindsided again—neither option is particularly encouraging.

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