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A Note from WRM
A Note from WRM
Go Bard!

The success of the Prison Initiative’s debating team is a reminder that many young people have tremendous untapped potential that can be unleashed with the right support.

A Note from WRM
Extremely Proud of My Bard Students and Colleagues

Debaters with the Bard Prison Initiative recently defeated the Harvard debate team. The story is a reminder that many young people in the United States lack the kind of mentoring, care, and attention that can make all the difference.

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Upgrades at Our Site

As you read this, I’m on a plane somewhere over the Atlantic flying back to the States. I’ve been in Budapest for most of the week completely swamped in meetings, all the while trying to meet several competing writing deadlines. As such, you’ll have to forgive me, dear readers, if my post explaining the site changes you see in front of you is a little brief.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

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

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


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

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

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