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Crimea highlights how interests clash with norms
April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has had the effect of unifying the Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action. But travel further afield and one sees a variety of responses, which foreshadow the great emerging tension in 21st-century international life – between global...
Putin’s path to Russian greatness is a fantasy
March 31, 2014 12:16 AM
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to the fore an important debate about what kind of world we live in. Many critics charge that the Obama administration has been blind to the harsh realities of the world because it believes, as a Wall Street Journal editorial opined, in “a fantasy world of...
In Ukraine, America is the indispensable nation
March 17, 2014 12:11 AM
The crisis in Ukraine was produced by two sets of blunders, neither emanating from Washington. The European Union’s vacillations and, most significantly of course, Russia’s aggression created the problem. But it will be up to U.S. President Barack Obama to show the strength and skill to resolve...
U.S. intervention won’t make the world better
March 03, 2014 12:09 AM
As America navigates a changing world, the people who seem to be having the greatest difficulty with the adjustment are the country’s pundits. Over the last few weeks, a new conventional wisdom has congealed on the op-ed pages – that America is in retreat and that this is having terrible...
Immigration politics show who’s to blame in Washington
February 17, 2014 12:12 AM
I have sometimes been described as a centrist. And I freely admit to believing that neither side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on wisdom or virtue. But sometimes, reality points firmly in one direction. Watching the machinations in Washington over the last two weeks, it is now...
Iran and the West must start bridging a wide divide
February 03, 2014 12:15 AM
After Iran and the major powers signed on to an interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear program, expectations were high. Over the last week, they have fallen sharply as Iranian officials have made tough public comments, Israel’s prime minister has reaffirmed his opposition to almost any conceivable deal...
The Middle East doesn’t need more U.S. intervention
January 21, 2014 12:19 AM
Over the last few months, the Middle East has become an even more violent place than usual. Iraq is now the second bloodiest civil war in the world, after Syria. Watching these horrors unfold, many in the U.S. are convinced that this is Washington’s fault or that, at the very least, the Obama...
Reduce inequality by focusing on the forgotten poor
December 24, 2013 12:06 AM
Is income inequality the “defining challenge” of our time? President Barack Obama’s Dec. 4 speech on the topic has produced a lively debate, with some supporting him and others – chiefly the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein – arguing that unemployment should be the main focus. In fact, Obama said in...
The United States is failing when it comes to the PISA test
December 10, 2013 12:21 AM
The latest international student evaluations, the PISA test results, are out and one thing is clear: The United States has not done well.Beyond that, the exams have become, professor Jay Greene points out, a Rorschach test. People read into them pretty much whatever they want. So Randi Weingarten...
Why Americans hate their government and how to fix it
November 25, 2013 12:34 AM
Washington is having one of its odd debates as to whether the Obama administration’s rollout of was worse than the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. But whatever the answer, if there is one, the real story is that both are examples of a major, and depressing,...
China’s coming challenges in next step of evolution
November 09, 2013 12:12 AM
“We are all struck by the contrast between Beijing and Washington,” said George Yeo, the former foreign minister of Singapore. He was referring to the quality of governance in the two capitals – in particular, the sense pervasive in Asia that the United States has lost its ability to execute...
Southeast Asia ponders what is going on in China
October 26, 2013 12:20 AM
Visiting Malaysia this week, I was expecting a volley of complaints. The country was one of the stops on President Obama’s planned trip to Asia this month that was canceled because of Washington’s manufactured budget crisis. “We were disappointed but we understood the situation,” Prime Minister...
Conservatives must make their peace with America
October 21, 2013 12:13 AM
The crisis has been resolved, but this respite is temporary. We are bound to have more standoffs and brinkmanship in the months and years ahead. To understand why, you must recognize that, for the tea party, the stakes could not be higher. The movement is animated and energized by a fear that soon...
Conservatives must make their peace with America
October 19, 2013 12:14 AM
The crisis has been resolved, but this respite is temporary. We are bound to have more standoffs and brinkmanship in the months and years ahead. To understand why, you must recognize that, for the tea party, the stakes could not be higher. The movement is animated and energized by a fear that soon...
The Republican Party is dominated by its insurgents
October 14, 2013 12:15 AM
In trying to explain how Washington got into its current mess, some have focused on ideology. Pundits and politicians note that the country has become more polarized, as have the political parties, particularly the Republican Party. That diagnosis is accurate, but another distinctive cause of...

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