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The Middle East & Beyond
After Parkland

It is easy to get emotional in the wake of the latest school shooting, but emotions alone won’t solve this problem. What will?

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
The Populist Surge

Trumpist populism could easily linger longer than most people readily assume.

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The Middle East & Beyond
Happy Imbolc!

The sacred origins of the now thoroughly secular Groundhog’s Day.

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The Middle East & Beyond
Trump the Authentic

Welcome to the new normal in American politics.

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The Middle East & Beyond
Old Wisdom, New Applications?

“When knaves fall out, true men come by their goods,” goes the old proverb.

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The Middle East & Beyond
Lyricism as Poetry in 21st-Century America

Song lyrics as the gateway to an appreciation of poetry.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Political Consequences of the Protestant Reformation, Part III

Modern liberalism’s origins trace not just to Protestant doctrine but also to pragmatic compromise between religious factions.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Political Consequences of the Protestant Reformation, Part II

Martin Luther and the origins of identity politics.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Political Consequences of the Protestant Reformation, Part I

Five hundred years on, assessing the impact of the Reformation on the state, identity, and liberalism.

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Democracy Square
Welcome to Democracy Square

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this blog about the issues and challenges confronting democracy at home and abroad.

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