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How to Succeed in Conflict Without Really Trying

South Sudan’s leaders have massively profited from war, a watchdog report finds. Sanctions are an option, but without a well thought out full spectrum plan accompanying them, may not lead to good things.

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How Not to Steal an Election: Gabon Edition

A memo to dictators: if you’re going to steal an election, don’t let them see you sweat.

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Blaming Singapore Will Not Solve Malaysia’s Problems

As the 1MDB scandal rolls on, a popular ex-PM points the finger at Singapore. He’d do better to look in the mirror.

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In Russia, Survival of the Most Corrupt

The U.S. should do more to let Russian pensioners know the Kremlin is too busy doling out billions to Putin and his buddies to give a damn about their welfare.

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Clean Up the UN

The ‘international space’ is poorly governed, and the press doesn’t watch it as closely as it watches national politics.

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The Moral Crisis Behind Deutsche Bank’s Russia Scandal

The decline in the willingness of large German companies to observe basic standards of business ethics point toward a moral, rather than merely an institutional, crisis.

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Letter from Montenegro: Organized Crime’s State of Play

Although Montenegro seeks NATO membership in 2016, concerns linger regarding the tiny Adriatic state’s will to fight endemic organized crime and corruption.

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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.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

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