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Democracy and Its Enemies

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  1. patten149_OZAN KOSEAFP via Getty Images_uyghurprotest Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Chris Patten shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.
  2. sherwin7_Spencer PlattGetty Images_jimjordanstopthesteal Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    Patriots in Name Only

    Richard K. Sherwin considers the implications of the Republican Party's challenge to the state's power to make and enforce law.
  3. haass148_JEFF KOWALSKYAFP via Getty Images_USflag Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

    The World’s Stake in American Democracy

    Richard Haass argues that global stability and prosperity still depend on US resources and leadership.
  4. sierakowski93_ Omar MarquesGetty Images_duda biden Omar Marques/Getty Images

    Russian Aggression Is Undermining Populism

    Sławomir Sierakowski says the Ukraine war is forcing the Kremlin’s Western sympathizers to choose moderation or face marginalization.
  5. dearagao1_Buda MendesGetty Images_bolsonaro Buda Mendes/Getty Images

    Understanding Brazil’s Insurrection

    Thiago de Aragão & Otaviano Canuto reflect on the conditions leading up to January 8 and its implications for the future of the country's democracy.
  6. sstokes2_SERGIO LIMAAFP via Getty Images_brazil SERGIO LIMA/AFP via Getty Images

    No Impunity for Insurrectionists

    Susan Stokes explains why indicting former leaders like Jair Bolsonaro or Donald Trump is both right and necessary.
  7. muggah10_Joedson AlvesAnadolu Agency via Getty Images)_brazilprotest Joedson Alves/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    An Insurrection Foretold

    Robert Muggah explains what the failed rebellion in Brazil's capital could mean for the country's democracy.
  8. hamada56_Samuel CorumGetty Images_uscapitolriot Samuel Corum/Getty Images

    Barbarians at Democracy’s Gates

    Koichi Hamada hopes that acts of political violence in the US and Japan will inspire a more robust defense of progress.
  9. velasco132_Congress of Republic of Peru  HandoutAnadolu Agency via Getty Images_dinaboluarte Congress of Republic of Peru Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Latin America’s Democracies Hold Strong

    Andrés Velasco notes that despite recent challenges, institutions and the rule of law have proved resilient in many countries.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
  2. op_anheier13_CHRISTOF STACHEAFP via Getty Images_scholzbaerbockhabecklindner Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
  3. coyle29_ Frank Rumpenhorstpicture alliance via Getty Images_chatgpt Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
  4. nye238_Kevin DietschGetty Images_biden kishida Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
  5. zhang59_JADE GAOAFP via Getty Images_chinahousing Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images

    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
  6. BP inflation hawks China News Service / Contributor via Getty Images

    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

  7. boly1_Giovanni MereghettiUCGUniversal Images Group via Getty Images_agriculture rwanda Giovanni Mereghetti/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
  8. borrell19_ FADEL SENNAAFP via Getty Images_ukrainewar Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
  9. zizek13_OLGA MALTSEVAAFP via Getty Image_russian soldier OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images

    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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