The spark seemed so small. But the Arab autocrats had spent decades heaping up the fuel. By Fouad Ajami.
The Arab struggles may be new, but American goals are not. Three recent presidents laid the groundwork. By Peter Berkowitz.
Drought may not be destiny, but a critical ingredient for democratic societies does seem literally to fall from the skies. By Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.
We may not yet know what to do about the Islamists fighting in Libya, but we do know not to repeat certain mistakes. By Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman.
After their revolutionary fever cools, Arabs will have work to do. They could do worse than to emulate the booming Asian nations. By William Ratliff.
Behind the headlines lies an old and basic question: in the clash between Islamism and the nation-state, who will win? By Charles Hill.
If it prodded people to seek greater productivity, higher pay, and a better standard of living. By Gary S. Becker.
Why businesspeople aren’t banking on Washington’s supposedly pro-business overtures. By Stephen H. Haber and F. Scott Kieff.
The key justification for ObamaCare is “cost shifting”—that the insured pay a hidden tax to support the uninsured. But for the most part, such a shift does not, in fact, take place. By John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler.
The economic crisis did at least one good thing: it forced us all to take a long, hard look at the enormous power of public-employee unions. By Robert J. Barro.
Hoover fellow Michael McFaul, who has the president’s ear on Russia, argues that promoting freedom is both moral and wise.
Foreign policy doesn’t mean righting every wrong. It means acting in our national interest. By Bruce S. Thornton.
A look at the most powerful force in American education—and it isn’t a force for good. By Terry M. Moe.
Whether racing to the top or sinking in debt (or both), some governors are taking the school-reform baton back from Washington. By Chester E. Finn Jr.
Unreasoning fear is the wrong reaction to the Japanese reactor crisis. We can master the risks and reap the benefits of nuclear power. By Richard A. Epstein.
Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on the rebellions in the Muslim world—and the monarch who set them off. An interview with Charlie Rose.
Reforms, if any, will depend on how modernizers and hard-liners settle their differences. By Daniel Pipes.
The land where stability vies ceaselessly with stagnation. By Joshua Teitelbaum.
The United States has always been among the kingdom’s best friends. Who better to help it change? By Leif Eckholm.
What do black Americans need in order to get ahead? A truly free market. By Walter E. Williams.
As a scholar and a black American, Walter E. Williams has always been his own map. By Nick Gillespie.
Either we teach the young to understand and appreciate their freedom, or we cheat them of their birthright. By William Damon.
How can we shore up the American work ethic? By honoring good work. By Russell Muirhead.
A Cold War lesson that’s entirely relevant today: free people need free information. By A. Ross Johnson.
New insights into Alexis de Tocqueville, the genius who journeyed into the heart of American exceptionalism. By Harvey C. Mansfield.
Who better to coach a would-be dictator than Stalin? The curious episode of a foreign comrade who sought Stalin’s advice—which, of course, came at a cost. By Paul R. Gregory.