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March/April 2014

If you have an interest in the brutality and demagoguery authoritarians use to seize and consolidate power, and in the extremes to which they will go to protect their despotic hold when the citizens they oppress rise up to reject them, you’ll be interested in the essays in this issue by Nadia Diuk and José Cárdenas. They take you to Ukraine and Venezuela, two countries with different histories and possibilities that unfortunately share the fate of having been driven to a dysfunctional state—economically and politically—by a strong-arm, post-communist, populist ideology. ... Read More

Revisiting the Cuban Embargo

Is the US embargo against Cuba a Cold War relic or an effective tool? A recent visit suggests that the Castro regime’s tyrannical imbecility still justifies continued sanctions.

A Look Back at the Boat People and the European Left

After the fall of South Vietnam, Paris’s antiwar left mobilized to condemn and partially remedy atrocities committed by the communist victors whose cause some had even championed.

Venezuela’s Uncertain Future

A year after Hugo Chávez’s death, Venezuela’s dysfunctional economy continues to unravel while the polarizing policies that kept him in power for fourteen years harden the nation’s divisions

Japan Reorients Its Defense Posture

As China pairs its growing naval power with hostile rhetoric and fleet maneuvers, Japan’s Abe government is poised to respond by rebuilding and expanding the country’s modest defense forces.

Innovation in Taiwan: Will It Work?

Taiwan’s president says innovation will remedy his country’s stagnant economy. But a culture of conformity and manufacturing dependent on others’ designs could stand in the way.

Russia’s Search for a New Ideology

The origins of Putin’s authoritarian approach come less from Stalinism and more from the regime the Bolsheviks overthrew. The approach may be popular today, but will it work in the longer run?

Romania’s Child Welfare Crisis

The Ceausescu regime fell more than two decades ago, but its grisly social-engineering projects have left behind scores of damaged Romanians and a culture of child welfare neglect.

America’s Postwar Arabists

The sentiments of Truman’s State Department toward the Middle East are well documented. Hugh Wilford’s engaging new book convincingly explores similar sentiments in the early CIA.

Ukraine’s Self-Organizing Revolution

Unlike the Orange Revolution of 2004, the ongoing Euromaidan protests seek long-term solutions for Ukraine, built not by any one leader but by individuals working at the grassroots level.