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Our Peculiar Reform Challenge

An introduction to the oddities and limits of institutional political reform in the United States.

Histories Parsed
Being There: A Slice of U.S.-Israeli Relations

The tempestuous course of U.S.-Israeli relations in recent years has been the subject of much rancor and speculation. Here’s how a formative period looked from close up, inside the White House.

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Electoral Integrity

In international comparisons of electoral integrity, the United States does not score high—but most Americans appear to neither know nor care about it.

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Changing how elections are structured can help depolarize U.S. politics without jeopardizing the democratic process.

Wat in the World

Aleksander Wat’s life and work stand as warning that the totalitarian temptations of the 20th century have yet to run their course.

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The Transparency Paradox

Contrary to the naive sirens of maximum democracy, greater transparency is as much a problem for good governance as it is a solution.

The Religious Fate of Secular Liberation

Michael Walzer struggles to explain the failure of secular liberation movements to overcome the religious cultures of the liberated.

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Fuss Budgeting

The U.S. budget process lies at the core of U.S. political dysfunction because it provides too many points of entry for the logic of collective action. It cannot be changed fundamentally, but it can be reformed at the margins.

Reading Coates, Thinking Obama

Ta-Nehisi Coates has managed to write a book on America’s racial dilemmas without involving either Barack Obama or Martin Luther King, Jr. Or has he?

Polarization and Partisanship

If polarization and extreme partisanship in American politics are but skin-deep—problems caused by activists and professionals rather than the electorate as a whole—then reforms are possible. Happily, that’s the case.

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We need to carefully think through a lot of our assumptions about gender roles, and build kinds of educational and social systems to help our boys succeed.

Theft in Broad Daylight

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

The Cracks Start to Widen

Again, the question supporters of the law will have to answer centers on sustainability: is the health system that Obamacare establishes something that can really last?

Crude Economics

That OPEC production cut is going to have to fall on the Saudis’ shoulders—if it’s to happen at all.

Egypt in Turmoil

The West is ignoring an ongoing crisis in Egypt, as painful austerity measures stoke outrage against the Sisi government.

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