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A User's Guide to the Century

Jeffrey Sachs explains why the new world order of the twenty-first century is crisis-prone.

The Culture Club

Not all cultures are equally conducive to progress.

Towards an Optimal Governing Area

Today, individuals are no longer mere citizens--they are mobile consumers in a competitive governance market. Caveat emptor.

Black Sea Blues

The Abkhaz seem to have built themselves a state. Now all they need is someone to recognize it.

In Defense of Nationalism

Global elites inveigh against the evils of nationalism. But how will transnationalism save us from bad ideas? It never has before.

Downloading Democracy

History tells us that democracy should not be taken lightly. Without the proper cultural foundations, in can be a messy business indeed.


Terrorism, Missile Defense and Arms Control

In August 2001, a former chief terrorism expert at the Department of State wrote in the New York Times that the Bush Administration was obsessed with terrorism and using it to persuade the American people to build missile defenses.

Reagan Was Right About Ballistic Missiles

Historians sifting through President Ronald Reagan's papers may find no subject as riveting or controversial as his policies on nuclear weapons and arms control.

Books & Reviews

Neo-Conspiracy Theories

There is much room for debate on the soundness of neoconservative policies. But a serious assessment of neocons and their role in the Bush Administration is a necessary starting point.

Dreaming Europe in a Wide-Awake World

When it comes to Europe's gilded future, success is always just around the corner. Europeanists need to wake up--or risk being left behind by an unlikely coalition.

Night and Fog

Alan Furst recreates the atmosphere of Europe's second Dark Ages (1933-45) as few others have. Today, Western civilization is again under attack, and Furst can teach us a great deal.

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April 16, 2014