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- snapshotBy Jere Van Dyk -April 23, 2014Although the identity of Afghanistan's next president is uncertain, Afghans know for sure that it will not be Hamid Karzai, who has held power for 12 years. In keeping with his country’s 2004 constitution, he agreed to step down after his second term was up. That has never happened before in Afghanistan, and it marks the true introduction of democracy in this shattered land.
- snapshotBy Paul Hidalgo -April 23, 2014Kenya is on its way to becoming the world’s next hotbed of extremism as a result of al Shabaab’s active and growing presence there. And so far, the Kenyan government has been its own worst enemy in attempting to reverse this trend.
- snapshotBy Halil Karaveli -April 23, 2014Turkey might seem like a confident rising power, but its leaders fear being abandoned by the West as much as ever. As it has in the past, the United States can push Turkey toward political reform by reminding Ankara that it has to live up to Western democratic standards if it wants to continue to enjoy the benefits of being counted as an ally.
- newsApril 22, 2014Edward Morse on shale, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Iran under Rouhani, Tyler Cowen on Thomas Piketty, and more.
- capsule reviewBy Andrew Moravcsik -May/June 2014How well does the EU promote multilateral action to solve global problems?
- reviewBy Tyler Cowen -May/June 2014Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-first Century is a truly important a book, a groundbreaking work of analysis of economic inequality. It is frequently brilliant, but also flawed, and its policy recommendations are wildly impractical.
- reviewBy Margarita Estévez-Abe -May/June 2014David Pilling's useful book, Bending Adversity, takes a relatively hopeful view of the conservative nationalism advocated by Japanese president Shinzo Abe. But a more thorough accounting of Japan’s recent past and the country's political system would suggest a less sanguine outlook.
- letterBy Lucja Swiatkowski Cannon -May/June 2014In his recent essay “Poland” (January/ February 2014), Mitchell Orenstein correctly recognizes the centrality of foreign investment in Poland and the country’s close cooperation with Germany. But foreign enterprises account for only ten percent of Poland’s work force, and Orenstein does not discuss the country’s large domestic economy. Poland’s bureaucratic repression of domestic businesses keeps wages down and makes it difficult for innovative and high-tech companies to develop.