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The Smiling Coup

Thailand finds itself — and U.S. Policy — in a real mess.

Politics Lost & Found

On politicking in the age of television and political “science.”

Intifada III

Bloody times ahead, again, for Israel and the Palestinians.

Freedom's Philosopher

Ernst Cassirer’s life and work may bear special interest to Americans in a time of trouble and uncertainty.

The Failure to Protect

A NATO-led intervention in Darfur is needed, and may be a first step in building a new structure for global security.

Be My Guest Worker?

The new big idea of the "migration-development" nexus sounds too good to be true. That's because it is.

Life on Capitol Dunghill

Jack Abramoff didn't set off a wave of malfeasance in Congress all by himself. A guide to what's wrong and how to make it right.

Liberté, Égalité, Laïcité?

The French don't like headscarves. John Bowen explains why.

Agriculture of Corruption

The Doha Round failed because powerful agricultural lobbies in wealthy countries didn't want it to succeed.

Toolbox: Creating an E-8

An Environment-8 to match the Group of 8.

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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.

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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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