Brazil at a Crossroads: The 2013 Protests and the Upcoming Presidential Elections
Who will win the Brazilian election on October 26? Which--if either--of the candidates is more likely to fulfill the demands of the protesters who took to the streets in 2013? How much change can either of them offer?
What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--From the Financial Crisis
Why did the 2008 financial crisis occur? What should it teach us about modern economies and economics? Martin Wolf does a masterly job of untangling this complex catastrophe and proposes how we can avoid repeating our past mistakes.
Needs Work: A Troubled U.S.-Russia Relationship
"The febrile hyperbole of criticism directed at Russia as a result of the crisis in Ukraine is misdirected and harmful to both Russia and the United States," argues David Speedie.
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
Although the United States started off as a weak, corrupt state, it evolved into a liberal democracy, says Francis Fukuyama. Yet all political systems are subject to decay, and that's what's happening to the U.S. today.
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Elite Perceptions of the United States in Europe and Asia
A Chatham House report finds that political and business leaders in Asia value U.S. hard power while Europeans focus on American values. Both, however, view U.S. business and entrepreneurial spirit more positively than the U.S. government.
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The Middle East in Crisis: a View from Israel
Chuck Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security adviser, speaks from Tel Aviv on turbulence across the greater Middle East, including the ISIL threat, Iran and the P5+1 negotiations, and prospects for the peace process.
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The Ottoman Road to War:
Mustafa Akasal on the Ottomans' Fateful Decision
Why did the Ottoman Empire side with Germany in World War I? It was a rational decision, given the circumstances at the time, argues Akasal. But it brought down the empire and violently reshaped the region's borders at horrifying human cost.
Carnegie Council Timeline: The First Hundred Years
This lavishly illustrated web timeline offers a fresh perspective on the Council’s first 100 years, placing its story in the context of 20th century American and world history.
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Is Democratic Theory for Export?
From our Archives, 1986
Back in 1986, Barzun argued that democracy is a historical development and mode of life peculiar to the political context in which it developed, and therefore attempts to export it will surely fail. Again and again, events have proved him right.