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Democratic Party

The Myth of a Moderate Obama

The president is no pragmatic centrist. In fact, he has the most expansive and leftist vision in the history of the presidency.

Conservative Nation

Declarations of conservatism's demise after the 2008 election were greatly exaggerated. As the opposition, American conservatives are in their element—can they draw upon their intellectual tradition to solve what ails America?

How to Succeed in Politics

The Tea Party movement is blazing its agenda across America. But this is a movement without a cause. If the Whigs, Populists and Feminists can be co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans, this newest third party will suffer the same fate.

Foreign Policy, Meet the People

Partisanship used to stop at the water’s edge. But times have changed; the U.S. electorate is now deeply divided—and not just on domestic-policy prescriptions. Facing a rift among the masses greater than that spawned by either the war in Korea or

Beyond Bombs and Ballots

Military misadventures in Iraq should not discredit democracy promotion.

Ahead of the Curve: Roadmap Revival?

The way forward is to concentrate on solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which, because the many problems of the region are so interlinked, can create, in turn, momentum for dealing with the other regional disputes that feed it.


The GOP Can Survive Its Iraq Wounds

As soon as the Democrats screw up, voters will give the Republicans a chance.

Italy Awakens Europe's Troubles

The divided vote increases the risk of broader financial problems.

Is Gridlock a Conservative Victory?

Not moving isn't defeat if you intend to stay put.


Why Americans Are Less Hawkish than Their Leaders

The origins and consequences of the public-elite opinion gap on foreign policy.

Flawed Accountability in American Democracy

How flaws in the U.S. system lead to deep deficiencies in Washington.

Foreign Influence in the News?

Why many Americans looked to foreigners when forming their opinions on the Iraq war.

Books & Reviews

Good Intentions

Yes, the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.

Acheson, Simply Put

Chace's Acheson is encompassing, graceful and prodigiously researched and annotated.

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April 19, 2014