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Unintended Consequences
Unintended Consequences
“Ban the Box” Doesn’t Work

Add the phrase to the pantheon of alliterative social justice slogans that sound appealing but collapse under scrutiny.

Unintended Consequences
When Liberal Goals Collide

Generous family leave policies advocated by university feminists seem to have backfired spectacularly.

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War on McDonald’s Harms the Poor

The offensive against franchises won’t just destroy opportunities for workers—it will hollow out the communities where these restaurants are actually an important source of social capital.

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Another Green Policy Backfires

Homeowners that participated in a federal green financing program are having trouble selling their houses in California.

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A Pushy China Brings Neighbors Together

Japan gets cozy with Australia and the Philippines: yet more evidence that China’s increasingly assertive regional strategy is pushing its neighbors into each others’ hands.

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Riyadh: Nuke Deal Will Make Us Get Nukes Too

The Saudis and the GCC will be venting all of their frustrations with the Iran nuclear deal on President Obama today.

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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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