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West Realizes: No Moderation Coming in Iran

From the Economist to Wendy Sherman, center-left wakes up to same old Iran.

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Same-Old Corruption in the New Ukraine

The palace of the former dictator of Ukraine was supposed to be placed under state control. Instead, a strongman is using it to charge an entry fee that goes into his own pocket. This is the perfect microcosm of how the hopes of the Maidan protests have not panned out, due to Putin’s interference and local inability to create a real state.

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Will Ukraine's New President Change Anything?

Though he initially endeared himself to the Maidan, the current front-runner in Ukraine’s presidential elections may be a status quo candidate after all. And Vladimir Putin seems to approve.

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


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.

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