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The Kremlin Begs To Differ

One doesn’t need to be a Russian domestic radical or a foreign Russophobe to see major flaws in the way Russia is ruled. The population, however, is satisfied with the status quo...for now.

Feeding Frenzy

Wars for oil? Food fights now seem more likely, because we’re paying the price for not keeping up with rising emerging-market demand. Yet there’s light at the end of the tunnel—increasing supply isn’t an impossible task.

Arrested Development

If developed countries fail to effectively enforce the oecd Anti-Bribery Convention, all anti-corruption efforts in the developing world will suffer.

The Culture Club

Not all cultures are equally conducive to progress.

The Political Roots of Poverty: The Economic Logic of Autocracy

Foreign aid misapplied can lengthen the tenure of bad governments. A guide to understanding and engaging difficult development partners.

China's Democratic Prospects: A Dissenting View

Is Chinese nationalism democracy's enemy, and capitalism its friend? Or is it the other way around?


Reality is Contextual: Politics and Economics in the Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union

New books by Nikolas Gvosdev and Irakly Areshidze both view the same phenomenon-the development of two Newly Independent States (NIS) of the Former Soviet Union

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.

Revolutionary Nepotism

Why "keeping it in the family" remains popular under dictatorships--and democracies.

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 18, 2014