Seth D. Kaplan
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Comparative History
How Do America’s Elites Stack Up?

Hubristic, aloof, and self-dealing—or humble, rooted, and self-sacrificing? History shows that societies rise and fall based on the character of their creative elites.

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Human Rights
The Universal Declaration Turns 70

Over the past seven decades, the human rights community has lost its way. A return to its roots is more necessary than ever.

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American Institutions
Social Sources and Perils of the Trump Presidency

The widespread approval of Trump’s most outrageous norm-breaking behavior tells us that, even before Trump, something fundamental about those norms had changed.

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Countries in Transition
The Fragility Spectrum

It’s time to set aside the one-size-fits-all approach to aiding countries in transition.

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Ten Lessons
Development with Chinese Characteristics

How the Chinese model can help developing countries in formulating their own economic strategies.

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New World Disorder
The Return of the “Old Normal”

Once again, as before the age of the European empires, political order has become weak in much of the world.

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Running Risks
Weak States: When Should We Worry?

The U.S. government must do a better job anticipating the ways crises and conflicts in weak states can spread far and wide.

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