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The Clash of Cultures and American Hegemony

This is a link to the presentation I gave to a plenary panel “The Clash of Cultures and American Hegemony” (this wasn’t my title) at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on Sept. 1.  Sam Huntington was supposed to be on the panel but was not able to participate; other panelists were […]

Why Building Democracy is So Difficult

While people have focused on the difficulty of building democracy in the Middle East, they should not assume its gains are consolidated elsewhere in the world. Asia was the model for how rising incomes and a growing middle class would support democratic consolidation, but Thailand’s Sept. 19 military coup shows how stable democracy needs more […]

Why Building Democracy is So Difficult

While people have focused on the difficulty of building democracy in the Middle East, they should not assume its gains are consolidated elsewhere in the world. Asia was the model for how rising incomes and a growing middle class would support democratic consolidation, but Thailand’s Sept. 19 military coup shows how stable democracy needs more […]

The Rise of Shinzo Abe: Getting What You Ask For

Shinzo Abe’s election as leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) this past week and his imminent installation as Junichiro Koizumi’s successor as prime minister is something Americans should look forward to with mixed feelings. Koizumi was a mold-breaking leader, bringing the Japanese economy out of the doldrums, reforming the postal savings system, and smashing […]

The Rise of Shinzo Abe: Getting What You Ask For

Shinzo Abe’s election as leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) this past week and his imminent installation as Junichiro Koizumi’s successor as prime minister is something Americans should look forward to with mixed feelings. Koizumi was a mold-breaking leader, bringing the Japanese economy out of the doldrums, reforming the postal savings system, and smashing […]

A Battle Paul Wolfowitz Can’t Win

At the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank, taking place this weekend in Singapore, a major row has emerged between the Bank’s president, Paul Wolfowitz, and Hilary Benn, Tony Blair’s minister heading the British Department for International Development. Wolfowitz has made fighting developing-world corruption the centerpiece of his presidency of the Bank, and […]

A Battle Paul Wolfowitz Can’t Win

At the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank, taking place this weekend in Singapore, a major row has emerged between the Bank’s president, Paul Wolfowitz, and Hilary Benn, Tony Blair’s minister heading the British Department for International Development. Wolfowitz has made fighting developing-world corruption the centerpiece of his presidency of the Bank, and […]

"Victory Would Be a Fata Morgana"

From an interview in Spiegel. Full version here: “SPIEGEL: Dr. Brzezinski, President Bush compares the dangers of terrorism with the dangers of the Cold War. He has even spoken repeatedly of a “nation at war” and will only accept “complete victory.” Is he right or is he using exaggerated rhetoric? Brzezinski: He is fundamentally wrong. […]

Nine Things We Have Learned Since September 11, 2001

1. “Terrorism” is the wrong term to describe the problem we face. Terrorism is a tactic used by the weak; we are not fighting the tactic but a group of violent Islamists and insurgents. It makes no sense to lump together someone willing to fly a plane into a skyscraper in New York with an […]

Nine Things We Have Learned Since September 11, 2001

1. “Terrorism” is the wrong term to describe the problem we face. Terrorism is a tactic used by the weak; we are not fighting the tactic but a group of violent Islamists and insurgents. It makes no sense to lump together someone willing to fly a plane into a skyscraper in New York with an […]

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