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Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today

As revealing about the American past as it is about the American present, Why Wilson Matters explains how the liberal internationalist community might regain a sense of its identity today. Doing so, Tony Smith argues, requires scrapping the notion that American power can democratize vast parts of the globe, while also opposing the Trump administration’s anti-Wilsonian policies – and finding a way back to "realistic liberalism."

The U.S.-Pakistan Relationship Is on Life Support

In the days since President Trump came down hard on Pakistan in his speech outlining America’s new Afghanistan strategy, the reaction in Islamabad—and elsewhere across the country—has been predictably angry and defiant.

Economic Outlook for the MENA Region: A Conversation with the IMF's Dr. Jihad Azour

Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to face the challenge of generating inclusive and long-lasting growth in the environment of low oil prices, ongoing conflicts, and concerns regarding regional security. For the region’s oil exporters, the challenges are particularly acute, as fiscal consolidation plans must be calibrated and structural reforms designed to diversify away from oil and promote private investment.

Marcus Galvão Addresses Venezuelan Crisis at OAS

Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister Marcus Galvão addressed the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on June 20th, and directly expressed Brazil's desire for an end to the crisis in Venezuela and the restoration of the country's democracy. Below is a translation of his remarks, which can be viewed in the original Portuguese here.

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The Turkish Referendum: European and American Responses


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Henri J. Barkey

Turkey Will Never Be the Same After This Vote

On April 16, Turkish voters will be casting votes in the most consequential referendum of modern Turkish history. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are urging Turks to vote “yes” to constitutional changes that will change Turkey from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.