Politics and Strategy
A pair of books by Charles Mann describe life in the Americas before and after Columbus linked the hemispheres and kicked off the first era of globalization. It turns out that the New World was far more technologically advanced than subsequent generations have realized, with plenty to teach the Old -- especially about how to simultaneously exploit and preserve key natural resources.
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Running down the list of the U.S. State Department's Latin America policy objectives in El País in September 2010, the economist Moisés Naím noted that they focused almost exclusively on domestic concerns.
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On January 19, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao issued a joint statement at the end of Hu's visit to Washington.
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After Lyndon Johnson's victory over Barry Goldwater in the 1964 U.S. presidential election, the once-mighty Republican Party was reduced to a regional rump.
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Francis Fukuyama shot to fame with a 1989 essay called "The End of History?" which he expanded into a 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man. His thesis was a reworking of the "end of ideology" argument propounded in the 1950s by Daniel Bell and others, with an even more emphatic twist.
See more in Wars and Warfare; History and Theory of International Relations; Global
Throughout 2011, a rhythmic chant echoed across the Arab lands: "The people want to topple the regime."
See more in Political Movements and Protests; Middle East and North Africa
James M. Lindsay discusses the political calculations behind President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Today's troubles are real, but not ideological: they relate more to policies than to principles. The postwar order of mutually supporting liberal democracies with mixed economies solved the central challenge of modernity, reconciling democracy and capitalism. The task now is getting the system back into shape.
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Stagnating wages and growing inequality will soon threaten the stability of contemporary liberal democracies and dethrone democratic ideology as it is now understood. What is needed is a new populist ideology that offers a realistic path to healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies.
See more in Americas; Financial Regulation; Politics and Strategy; Global
A pair of recent articles in this magazine highlighted two sides of Israel's current dilemma: the country does need to end the occupation, but Israelis also remain deeply skeptical of Palestinian intentions, and with good reason. Only one thing will break the paralysis of the Israeli center: if the Palestinians accept Israel's basic legitimacy.
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Mohamad Bazzi says that unfortunately for him and for Libya, Muammar al-Qaddafi betrayed his own revolution, just as the other Arab strongmen of his generation had. His death marks the end of the rule of these old-style nationalist leaders.
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The United States can no longer afford a world-spanning foreign policy.
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China is hardly the first great power to make authoritarian development look attractive. As Jonathan Steinberg's new biography of Bismarck shows, Wilhelmine Germany did it with ease.
See more in Germany; History and Theory of International Relations
It's tempting to see the 9/11 attacks as having fundamentally changed U.S. foreign policy. It's also wrong.
See more in Grand Strategy; United States; 9/11 Impact
Japan is undergoing profound changes that are empowering its political leadership at the expense of its bureaucracy.
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Steven A. Cook discusses Turkish domestic politics after the uprisings.
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Sheila A. Smith says Yoshihiko Noda will need to stitch together a frayed party and a fractured public to lead Japan — and stay in power.
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Steven A. Cook says the Turkish model of military rule is wrong for Egypt.
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In uncertain times, grand strategies are important because they help others interpret a country's behavior.
See more in United States; Grand Strategy; Presidents and Chiefs of State
Why Middle East experts were as surprised as everyone else by the Arab revolts.
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