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‘Democracy’ in Somalia Looks a Lot Like Oligarchy

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama holds the last news conference of his presidency in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was Obama’s final question-and-answer session with reporters before New York real estate mogul and reality television personality Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Racist Russians Insult Obama Hoping for Trump’s Approval

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

Media Criticism
Clearing Up the Fog of War in Ivory Coast

What’s happening in the Ivory Coast is a story of disappointment, ambition, calculated violence, and betrayal.

Putin's Retirement Plan?
Rosneft’s So-Called Privatization Gets Murkier

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

Wet Foot Dry Foot
President Obama’s Cynical Cuban Refugee Ploy

The President’s change in policy toward Cuban refugees seems to have more basis in domestic politics than international relations.

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The Danger of President Obama’s Farewell Address

The president’s farewell remarks collapsed America’s crisis of governance into a partisan left-right squabble.

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New Year, Same Broken Immigration System

But is the ground starting to shift?

UN Vote on Settlements Can’t Hide Palestinian Collapse

No vote in the echo chamber of the Security Council can change the fact of Palestinian weakness and Israeli strength at this pivotal moment in world history.

red vs. blue
Blue States Have Bigger Pension Debts Than Red States

Even when controlling for GDP, blue states are still clearly in a deeper hole.

Fake News and False Consciousness
Zuckerberg’s Gamble

Facebook is taking a major and controversial step to appease its mostly-liberal post-election critics.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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