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J. Peter Pham
2016 And Beyond
Africa’s Pivotal Year

Will the continent see advancements in democracy commensurate with its economic rise?

Elections in Guinea
A Test for African Democracy—and International Commitment

Time is running short to prevent a crisis of legitimacy in Guinea that could set back the whole West African region.

After the Arab Spring
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Moroccan “Exceptionalism” Deserves Support

Morocco stands out as an oasis of stability amidst a region in turmoil—thanks both to the circumstances of history and to prudent leadership.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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