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The Centrality of Social Policy

What is it that leaders like Iran’s Ahmedinejad, Hezbollah’s Nasrullah, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez have in common that vastly increases their local appeal? Anti-Americanism and an aggressive foreign policy are of course components. But what has really allowed them to win elections and cement their support is their ability to promise, and to a certain […]

The Centrality of Social Policy

What is it that leaders like Iran’s Ahmedinejad, Hezbollah’s Nasrullah, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez have in common that vastly increases their local appeal? Anti-Americanism and an aggressive foreign policy are of course components. But what has really allowed them to win elections and cement their support is their ability to promise, and to a certain […]

The Clash of Cultures and American Hegemony

In a web-only exclusive, the author of The End of History and the Last Man looks at the potential crisis of legitimacy the United States finds itself in today. Originally delivered as a presentation to the American Political Science Association annual meeting on September 1, 2006.

Debt Becomes Us?

A star Financial Times analyst explains the world's weird capital flows and suggests ways to avoid another global economic crisis.

Capital Ideas

There’s not one kind of capitalism but four. The differences matter–a lot.

Goodbye Godzilla, Hello Kitty

What Japan’s pop-culture products tell us about its struggles with defeat, democratization and globalization.

Paradigms Lost

Japan is wandering as three fundaments of its postwar identity erode.

Democracy and the Balance of Power in Asia

Democratic ideals, not raw geopolitics, are shaping Asia’s future.

American Strategy in the New East

Peace in the Pacific requires a U.S.-Japan alliance integrated into a new multilateral context that takes Chinese power seriously.

The Numbers Racket

Were, and are, U.S. troop levels in Iraq sufficient? Depends who’s asking, and when.

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