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U.S. Leadership Rating Rises. Huh?

The objective of foreign policy is to secure the defined interests of the United States. It may appear to be easier to succeed at such an endeavor if foreigners like us, but don’t be so sure.

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Hoping for China's Success

There is one effort in which everybody should wish to see China successful: preservation of the country’s farmland. It has already been reduced to well below the level needed to keep the country self-sufficient in grain production.

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Do We Really Need a Larger IMF?

Several developments should cause the U.S. Treasury to reverse itself in favor of a smaller International Monetary Fund.

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How to Avoid Another Global Financial Crisis

Human emotions and animal spirits are increasingly driving economic outcomes.

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The OAS is AWOL on Venezuela

The Organization of American States is betraying its essential mission to defend representative democracy.

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Bordering on Chaos

To overcome its deadly corruption and chaos, Mexico needs to increase its defense spending and freedom-oriented reforms.

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Is Talking the Shortest Path to War?

A half century worth of experience does not support the thesis that diplomacy with rogue regimes or terrorist groups brings peace. Rather, diplomacy misapplied can be the shortest path to war.

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Nixon in China

Nixon’s visit to China turned out to be his greatest moment as president. He had brought about a diplomatic revolution that produced the modern diplomatic world.

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For Venezuelan Regime, the Party’s Over

With intensifying unrest and the Maduro regime fighting a losing battle for survival, it appears that Hugo Chávez’s ‘Bolivarian revolution’ will outlive him by about a year.

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The Recipe for Good Government

If we compare countries around the world, what factors are generally associated with good governance and what factors are associated with bad governance?

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Europe’s Outlook in 2014

With European policymakers complacent, it is unlikely that progress will be made this year in reducing Europe’s record unemployment rate or in preventing a further fragmentation of its politics.

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A Good Half-Century and a Bad One: What Will the Next 50 Years Be Like?

The world today is more secure, prosperous, and free than it was 50 years ago, but an effective Western alliance is vital if we're going to sustain that progress.

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Mexico’s Reforms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mexico’s Congress has delivered an energy reform plan that could alter Mexico’s economic outlook for decades to come, but its populist tax policies and profligate spending threaten the steady growth the country has achieved in recent years.

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Georgian Elections and ‘the Great Game’

With the recent presidential election, Georgians have reached another milestone toward sustainable democracy. But Russia still seeks to pull Georgia into its sphere of influence, and the United States is failing to act.

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The Global Vatican: A Supra-National Force for Good

The Catholic Church has been disparaged at times throughout its long history, and sometimes rightly. But while it has occasionally fallen short of its ideals, that does not overshadow the good it has accomplished — and can accomplish in the future.

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Europe’s Deflation Challenge

Easy global liquidity from quantitative easing in the United States has masked deflation and public debt vulnerability in the European periphery, and the European Central Bank shows little sign of pursuing policies to address these threats.

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Crunch Time for the Trans-Pacific Pact — and for U.S. Leadership in Asia

At a crucial time in U.S.-Asian relations, China is stealing the limelight. America needs to get back in the game.

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Europe the Morning After the German Elections

Angela Merkel’s impressive reelection win indicates little will change in Germany’s Europe policy.

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‘Asian’ Business Patterns: Culture in Context

Culture is only one variable determining the differences between Asian and Western business practices.

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Afghanistan’s Rare Earth Element Bonanza

Afghanistan’s recently mapped deposits of rare earth elements provide hope that the war-torn nation can achieve peace and prosperity.

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