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Brexit Watch
The Strange Death of a Special Relationship

The U.S.-UK special relationship is on life support—and Brexit may well pull the plug.

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Ukraine’s Elections
Frustrated Voters Could Elect Comic In Time of War

Fed up with the same old politicians and disgusted by broken promises of reform, Ukraine’s voters are seriously contemplating a risky choice.

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Elections à la Modi
The Pakistan Bump for India’s Ruling Party

With elections looming, the Modi government has transformed a serious security breach into a public relations coup.

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Endangered Species
The End of the New Deal Era—and the Coming Realignment

American politics is in crisis because our parties have grown stale. The great debate of the 20th century is over, and the next realignment is coming. Will the Dems and GOP survive?

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Volodymyr Zelensky as Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko in Servant of the People
Political Revenge
A Ukrainian Oligarch Waits in the Wings

A look at the oligarch behind comedian Volodymyr Zelensky’s surprise bid for the presidency of Ukraine—and the feud with Petro Poroshenko that started it all.

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The Enemy of The Perfect
Harm Reduction as a Viable Public Policy Aim

How far do we want nanny statism to go? And in which directions?

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Middle East Watch
Golan: A Diplomatic Meditation

President Trump’s decision to officially gift the occupied Golan Heights to Bibi Netanyahu is neither wise nor necessary. It also inspires memories of opportunities lost eight years ago.

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Health Care Reform
Shared Responsibility: Better Than Single-Payer

There is a better way to fix our health care mess than Medicare for All—yet the stunted U.S. debate has buried its consideration.

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1932-2019
Remembering Sidney Verba

Sidney Verba, who died recently at the age of 86, was a political scientist best known for his work on democracy—specifically, why some democracies thrive while others fall.

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Democracy and Autocracy
The King, the Junta, and the Juggernaut: Thailand and Counter-Democratization

Thailand’s upcoming elections are the latest clash in a complex power game between rival elites—and a reminder that the trappings of democracy are not always what they seem.

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