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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Interrogating Identity

A conversation with Richard Aldous on the origins of modern identity politics.

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The Middle East & Beyond
Shocked and Surprised

The revelations of a “resistance within” the Trump Administration are surprising in their details. But what is happening now was always inherent in the idea of a Trump presidency.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Identity and the End of History

History is directional and progressive, and the modernization process points to liberal democracy as its fullest embodiment. But getting there is harder than it seemed back in 1992, and the possibility of institutional decay is ever-present.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
The Decline of American Public Administration

After a period of innovation and creativity driven by economists, the field of public administration seems to have lost its way again.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Social Media and Censorship

The idea that the big internet platforms are not media companies has never really been tenable, and the contradictions in their public protestations of neutrality have become ever more apparent over time.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Teaching Public Policy

Local context is all too often lacking in the prevailing economics-centered approach to public policy education.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
What’s Wrong with Public Policy Education

Most programs train students to become capable policy analysts, but with no understanding of how to implement those policies in the real world.

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The Middle East & Beyond
The “Libya Model”

So exactly what “Libya Model” did John Bolton have in mind?

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The Middle East & Beyond
New Cold War…Not

If we misuse terms, our thinking becomes muddled. Take the suddenly ubiquitous phrase: “new Cold War.”

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The Middle East & Beyond
The Syria Chemical Weapons Portfolio Thickens

The yawning duplicity of the Syrian regime and its Russian lawyers grows wider, and the irresponsible claims of the Obama Administration become more obvious than ever.

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