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The U.S. Democracy Project

American NGOs that push for democratic change abroad are facing growing resistance.

Putin's Artful Jurisprudence

Russia's legal reforms centralized power and allowed the creation of informal rules that ensure elite loyalty.

Unintelligent Design

In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Americans cried out for catharsis. The 9/11 Commission delivered. What we are left with is an ill-conceived bureacracy in the guise of reform.

A Love Lost Over the Atlantic

The "special relationship" has long been a foreign policy myth. The day has finally come for a peaceful separation between two English-speaking powers.

On War and Choice

It has long been said that there are wars of necessity and wars of choice. But enemies always adapt, especially in our world of terrorists, failing states and delinquent regimes. Every war is a war of choice.

All the President's Dreams

President Obama came to office promising a new era in international affairs. So far, he’s been big on rhetoric and has accomplished little. Obama’s inability to prioritize foreign policy risks destroying his presidency.


Russia Is Back

Russia's role in the Syria deal makes it appear more powerful. It's an illusion Obama shouldn't encourage.

German Euroskeptics Rising, But Taking Few Risks

Third parties like Alternative for Germany are unlikely to reap the benefits in the September 22 elections.

Why Afghanistan Doesn't Trust Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan's prime minister has two sides.


Messing with the Separation of Powers

Congress has done too little of its proper functions. And now it's moving in on the executive branch's turf.

Foreign Policy Consequences of the Extortionists' Win

As sure as if they had used guns and bombs, the Tea Party has held Congress hostage. Now America's enemies will follow their lead.

The End of Socialist Greece

As Greece falls, so too does the dream of a Europe that could stand toe to toe with America.

Books & Reviews

First Bank of the Living Dead

As the Great Recession gnaws at our very belief in the ability of capitalism to raise us to ever-escalating levels of wealth and prosperity, Keynes's no-longer-viable financial prescriptions are being resurrected.

Missiles Over Tskhinvali

Last summer, Russia and Georgia came to blows. Tbilisi’s pro-American president believed NATO would protect him in a fight with the big, bad bear.

An American Monarch

Obama’s attack on the Supreme Court is just the latest in a long history of presidential power grabs. Gordon Wood dissects John Yoo.

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April 19, 2014