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Snapshot,
Peter Liberman and Julie A. George

Russia’s moves in Crimea might have come as a shock, but for millennia, conquests and annexations were the meat and potatoes of state building and international politics. In general, they don't pay off for the conqueror. In this case, though, they might.

Snapshot,
Ian Shapiro

Robert Dahl died on February 5 at the age of 98. He might well have been the most important political scientist of the last century, and he was certainly one of its preeminent social scientists

Snapshot,
David Edmonds

Winston Churchill made a fateful decision to protect one London neighborhood over another during World War II. What he didn't know is that he was also inserting himself into a profound philosophical controversy.

Review Essay, Jan/Feb 2014
Michael Clemens and Justin Sandefur

A new book by Paul Collier argues for a global system of coercive quotas on people moving from poorer countries to richer ones. But instead of presenting a convincing case for a moderate middle path, the book offers an egregious collection of empirical and logical errors about immigration’s supposed negative consequences.

Snapshot,
Jonathan Mercer

The debate about what to do in Syria has been sidetracked by discussions of credibility and reputation. But both logic and evidence prove that reputations are mostly imaginary. Obama should not let fears that others might think him irresolute drive him to disaster. Instead, he should refocus on what U.S. interests really are in Syria, and how he can best obtain them.

Postscript,
Sheri Berman

The Arab Spring was and remains a good thing; turmoil is not a bug in political development but a feature of it.

Snapshot,
Robert Art and Robert Jervis

In his scholarship, Waltz asked the tough questions about the difficult and important issues. He was motivated by both theoretical and policy questions, the latter often setting the agenda for the former. He was intellectually courageous, usually staking out iconoclastic positions -- some of which were initially derided, many of which ended up becoming mainstream thinking. No matter what one’s theoretical persuasion, he was an intellectual force that had to be reckoned with.

Essay, May/June 2013
Mark Blyth

The results of Europe’s experiment with austerity are in and they’re clear: it doesn’t work. Here’s how such a flawed idea became the West’s default response to financial crises.

Review Essay, Jul/Aug 2012
Robert O. Keohane

Yet another bout of worry about long-term U.S. decline has generated yet another countersurge of defensive optimism. What new books by Robert Kagan and Robert Lieber miss, however, is the critical role played by multilateral institutions in the perpetuation of the United States’ global leadership.

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