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The Culture Club

Not all cultures are equally conducive to progress.

Working Out: A Letter from Sinaloa

Sinaloa's maverick governor and his team have turned a narco-trafficking hellhole into a civic and commercial success. Maybe their formula can be franchised.

End of an Affair?

A tale of Mexican-American romance and disappointment, with proposals preferred to save a friendship.

All the Way

Vladimir Putin's vision of Russia's place in the real new world order offers a prospect of genuine Russian-American alliance. George W. Bush should pursue it.

Sonderweg: The Closing of the German Mind

Germany's September election displayed the effects of its 68ers' "Long March through the institutions." Herewith an assessment and a critique.

The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Excessive deference toward Saudi Arabia undermines U.S. national interests, and the basic reason for it is none too pretty.


The Unfinished Revolution: East-Central Europe, Democratization and the Euro-Atlantic Community

On Sunday, February 2, 2003, President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic became a private citizen.

Out With the Old, In with the New?

However undiplomatic it may have been, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's reference to French and German concerns about a possible U.

Books & Reviews

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.

Prudence and the Prince

Carnes Lord Takes the gloves back off Machiavelli and gives us something we can use.

The Beginning of Economic Wisdom

Two primers on economics reveal a lingering philosophical divide in the intellectual imagination of our time.

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April 16, 2014