Tunisia and Egypt: Two Tests for Biden and Democracy

The Biden administration has not yet decided whether to call Saied’s power grab a coup.”

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Buy Out the Settlers

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The United States can offer a very innovative solution to a seemingly intractable conflict: Pay Israel to withdraw its settlers.”

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Where Race and Language Meet

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Dropping one term in favor of another will not, by itself, solve any great problem, but it can make finding a solution a bit more likely.”

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Flexible Government Is Good Government

When to allow discretion on the part of public servants is not an easy question to answer.”

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Desperately Seeking Consistency

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“And, as Michael Lind pointed out in Tablet, Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill was not the only Capitol Hill taken over by extremists thanks to a lax police presence—witness ultra-progressive Seattle.”

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The Case for Civic Nationalism

If carefully constructed, civic nationalism in the United States can take both conservative and progressive forms.”

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Three Lessons from Nine Years of Conflict in Syria

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“However much Americans and their leaders may want to turn away from wars and atrocities geographically far away, sooner or later they will be impacted by them, usually in a jarring and harmful way.”

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Thomas Friedman, Barack Obama, and the Longstanding Tumult in Syria

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“Had Obama intervened strongly enough in 2013, Syria could have been his Bosnia, a long-running humanitarian disaster that a U.S. president halted after initially dragging his feet.”

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