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Snapshot,
Jere Van Dyk

Although 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.

Postscript,
Keith Darden

For the first time since 1989, Europe is transforming. The primary protagonists, by most accounts, are Russia and the West. The bit of territory that they are clawing at -- Ukraine -- has largely been eclipsed. Yet inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events.

Snapshot,
Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Observers may blanch at the prospect of a Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom they fear would apply his Hindu nationalist beliefs to Indian foreign policy. But they should remember that, for the past five decades, Indian foreign policy has been broadly consistent and any changes had little to do with the prime minister’s political ideology.

Essay, Jan/Feb 2014
Lane Kenworthy

Obamacare’s success will not mean a leap to socialism, nor would its failure mean the end of liberalism. What the ACA really represents is yet another step on the United States' long, halting journey away from the classical liberal capitalist state and toward a peculiarly American version of social democracy.

Snapshot,
Joshua Yaffa

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny lost this week's Moscow mayoral election. Nonetheless, one is left with the sense that even though the Kremlin manages to land punch after punch, winning each round on points, somehow the match isn’t going its way.

Snapshot,
William G. Howell

Obama’s recent decision to seek congressional support for military action in Syria caught many, including some of his own advisers, off guard. The decision seemed not merely to violate to his immediate interests, but also to contravene his own past practices. Rather than aberrational, however, the move reveals some longstanding truths about how the United States goes to war.

Snapshot,
Jean-Philippe Dedieu

Mali held a presidential runoff election this weekend. Here's why the vote of the country's diaspora will determine the next government's political legitimacy.

Snapshot,
J. Berkshire Miller and Takashi Yokota

In the wake of his party's victory in recent upper-house elections, some have predicted that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will abandon his efforts to fix his country's troubled economy in favor of military assertiveness. There are several problems with that line of thinking, including Abe's own pragmatism, his country's complicated legislative procedures, and the realities of regional politics.

Letter From,
Sebastian Strangio

The Cambodian national election this Sunday will almost certainly propel the country’s sitting prime minister, the 61-year-old Hun Sen, into his fourth decade of rule. Washington's recent push to cast Hun Sen in the role of regional pariah is counterproductive, undermining both the wider aims of its pivot to Asia and any chance of nudging Cambodia in a more democratic direction.

Snapshot,
Daniel E. Geer, Jr. and Peter L. Levin

Accusations of a serious breach of personal data at the nation's largest integrated hospital network ignore the harsh realities of cybercrime. Rather than expecting network defenses to protect it against every possible attack, the United States needs to learn to isolate different cybersecurity problems and focus on what matters and what is feasible.

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