What If China Fails?
It seems almost inconceivable that Asia’s rising giant could stumble badly, but to many China specialists that appears to be an ever present prospect. Should we cheer if indeed China falters?
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A little-known legal doctrine confounds the most basic understanding of justice—whether it matters if a convicted person is actually innocent.
Gandhi's Invisible Hands
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The Global Budget Race
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The Web's Random Logic
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Maximizing the Multiplier
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Theory-Free Foreign Aid
Could it be time to look at foreign aid and just test which strategy works best?
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Contemporary problems merit historical answers.
Throw Away the Political Resumés
For the most part, political experience seems to have no bearing on a person’s ability to be a good, or even great, president.
Liberalism's Two Camps
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The Limits of Intelligence
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Triumph of the Toughs
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The Real Justice Taney
Supreme Court justice Roger B. Taney infamously described blacks as "beings of an inferior order," but he once called slavery "a blot on our national character."
Two Presidents and Their God
Washington’s theology was “predictably meager,” but Lincoln’s exploration of the nature of providence put to shame even the leading religious thinkers of his day.
The Frozen Past
The century-long study of ice, a historian says, reveals “the cumulative, insidious, all-pervading power of people on Earth.”
Cloning the Neanderthals
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A humanities professor believes the famous Russian translators known as P&V give short shrift to essential literary elements.
Separate and Unequal in Eastern Europe
African Americans and the Roma of Eastern Europe may live thousands of miles apart, but their histories have taken remarkably similar paths.
Asia's Dying Death Penalty
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Over the past five years, Andrew Bacevich has emerged as one of the most prolific and eloquent critics of American foreign policy.
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A Law Unto Itself
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Paper Trails: Rise of the Passport
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