Op-Eds & Reviews

Mexico’s Balancing Act

Mexico’s Balancing Act Latin America’s second largest economy faces its most important political change in 35 years. Whether for good or bad is still to be seen, but it will depend on the new government’s ability to find the balance between... more

Pence’s Empty Promises to Christians in the Middle East

During an address delivered to attendees of the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in May 2017, Vice President Mike Pence declared that “no people of faith today face greater hostilities or hatred like those who follow Christ.” The... more

Book Review: Democracy Dies a Slow Death

How Democracies Die Written By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, New York: Crown Publishers, 2018, 312 pp. On August 19, 1953, the democratically-elected nationalist Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was forced from office with the help of... more

#MeToo Echoes in the Indian Women’s Rights Movement

The Indian version of the #MeToo movement had its humble origins in Bhateri, a small village in the state of Rajasthan. In 1992, Bhanwari Devi was gang-raped by higher-caste landlords for attempting to prevent a child marriage. This was a watershed... more

Book Review: The Search for a Russian National Idea

Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation from 1470 to the Present Written By Serhii Plokhy New York: Basic Books, 2017, 398 pp. Serhii Plokhy, an eminent historian of Early and Modern Ukraine, starts Lost Kingdom with... more

Social Impact Bonds: Do Them Right or Not at All

Social impact bonds (SIB) promise to promote public sector innovation by drawing private capital to support new ideas and collecting rigorous evidence of what works. Armed with that evidence, governments will then scale up the ideas that work. At... more

Collusion’s Collateral Consequences

Long before an indictment is handed down by a grand jury, criminal prosecutors spend hours poring over every angle of the case. In my time with the Department working on white-collar crime, I heard discussion of collateral consequences on every... more

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