walter russell mead peter berger lilia shevtsova adam garfinkle andrew a. michta
Francis Fukuyama
Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Offshore Balancing in the Middle East
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Dealing with ISIS

The starting point for a sensible policy rests on the realization that the U.S. and other democratic countries have no reason to favor one religious sect over another in the Sunni-Shiite war.

Reviews
Waltzing with (Leo) Strauss

A new book arguing for the ubiquity of esoteric writing in pre-modern times redeems Leo Strauss from his many detractors.

Democracy More or Less
The Limits of Transparency

The idea that more transparency in government is always an unalloyed good is a dangerous populist illusion.

Immigration Unilateralism
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A Bad Call

President Obama is frustrated by gridlock and partisanship, and is seeking to use executive authority to rescue something of a legacy from his second term. His unilateralism will in no way make things better, however—quite the opposite.

Housekeeping
Welcome to the New Site

As the new site launches, a few words from the business side of the magazine.

Political Development
Tim Bower
Good Government, Bad Government

Fortuitous historical sequencing in political development is one of the keys to good government.

The State
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 disastrous policy.

The Ties That Used to Bind
The Decay of American Political Institutions

We have a problem, but we can’t see it clearly because our focus too often discounts history.

Why We Need a New Pendleton Act

The botched rollout of healthcare.gov shows why the US desperately needs reform of its public sector.  President Obama has shown great faith in the ability of government to provide services, but absolutely no awareness of how poorly it performs, or how desperately it needs a total restructuring. Getting the healthcare insurance web site up and […]

Bad Mandates and Dirty Water

I could spend the next ten posts or so describing how poorly crafted legislative mandates have led to bad administrative outcomes, but I’ll provide just one here that is quite typical of many developing-world public agencies. The city of Hyderabad, India, has been one of the fastest growing over the past two decades, and one […]

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Shale Fail

State-owned CNOOC is calling it quits on a major shale project in eastern China. It’s blaming low oil prices, but those aren’t the only reason why shale is failing in China.

Winter for Higher-Ed

American education is spreading around the world even as it gets more expensive and broken at home. MOOCs to the rescue?

Israel and the Media

Unsurprising news via a surprising source.

This could be a sign that the nuclear deal taking shape will strengthen, not weaken, the hardliners’ position in Iran.

Reefer Madness

Colorado has busted a ring of pot smugglers who were selling weed out of state. Nearby states where the drug is still illegal will have a hard time managing this black market.

Reforming Delivery

Health care company Iora hopes to make money for itself while lowering health care costs and serving patients better, all at the same time.

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