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Is Democracy the Problem?

  Democracy skeptics are getting a wider hearing than ever these days. But on five crucial issues that ail us, the evidence shows that some democracies do better while almost all non-democracies do not. In trying to explain the dispiriting descent of U.S. politics and governance into pervasive paralysis, conflict and sheer mediocrity, it is […]

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The Rohingya crisis needs a local solution

  Myanmar’s democratization process may help the suffering nation to save itself from turmoil and inhumane crises, and build a stronger and more secure country.  As of now, more than 700,000 Rohingya women, men and children have fled from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State to neighboring Bangladesh since Aug. 25, 2017, when Myanmar security forces began […]

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Why Taiwan is taking a hard line against unification with China — and what it means for the U.S.

  Forty years after China’s first call for unification with Taiwan, cross-strait relations remain rocky. Chinese President Xi Jinping made a high-profile speech regarding Taiwan on Jan. 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan.” That 1979 speech was the Chinese government’s first policy overture to Taiwan, which replaced “liberation of […]

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The yellow vest movement is giving France’s social conservatives a new platform

  Although France legalized abortion in 1975 and gay marriage in 2013, a subset of mostly Catholic social conservatives has long challenged these rights, and regularly mobilized over the years in favor of a more “traditional” view of marriage, gender, and parenthood. Some activists say both movements—social conservative and yellow vest—are fighting to place human […]

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Afghanistan’s Forgotten Half

  WASHINGTON, DC – When Zalmay Khalilzad was appointed as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation in September 2018, an end to America’s longest war seemed finally to be in sight. Now, following President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in late December that the United States will withdraw 7,000 of its troops from the country, […]

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