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Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover

The 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform.

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President Duterte’s Crazy Drug War Is Just the Beginning

The Philippines’ new strongman is eating away at the foundations of democracy. Can anyone stop him?

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We’ve Got to Face It: Trump Is Riding a Global Trend

If Hillary Clinton wants to win, she needs to confront the rise of fear-driven politics.

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Mourning the Syria That Might Have Been

How Assad’s forces bombed a democratic experiment into oblivion.

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Memo to the Establishment: Inspire Us or Lose

The competent politicians holding Western democracy together are dropping like flies. It’s time for them to embrace the tactic of stirring emotions -- to positive ends.

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Why Does Tunisia Produce So Many Terrorists?

The success story of the Arab Spring has made room for moderate secularists to flourish. But that’s a double-edged sword.

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The End of Politics as We Know It

The traditional ideological divides of Left and Right are collapsing. And that raises big questions about the future of liberal democracy.

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Europe’s Big Freedom Fail

It's time for the European Union to get serious about enforcing democratic standards.

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Why Insurgency Is Fun

The status quo in the Western democracies is under attack — and its defenders are looking more listless by the hour.

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Banning Muslims From the United States Is the World’s Dumbest Idea

Donald Trump’s proposal is politically, morally, and strategically wrong. It also doesn’t make any sense.

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That Little Problem With the Lord

People are claiming that Muslims, Christians, and Jews might have something in common. God forbid!

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A Tale of Two Poisonings

One was a former spy, the other a liberal activist. Both ended up in the sights of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.

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The Age of Disillusionment

Both the world’s liberal democracies and their authoritarian competitors are facing an uncertain year. Who will rise to the challenge?

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When You Close Your Eyes and Think of America, What Do You See?

Why nationalism can be a force for good. (But beware of the dark side.)

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