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John E. Chubb

Learning from No Child Left Behind

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A careful examination reveals sufficient justification for continuing to improve public education through the No Child Left Behind Act.

Harvey Mansfield

A Question for the Economists

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 3, 2009

What has happened in the last few months should give them pause

Terry M. Moe

Liberating Learning

by Terry M. Moe, John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The information revolution has globalized the international economy, made communication and social networking virtually instantaneous and costless, and started the first stirrings of a revolution in how children can learn and be educated.

Stephen Krasner

Who Gets a State and Why

by Stephen D. Krasnervia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 30, 2009

In the nineteenth century, political entities whose security was controlled by outside actors would have been called protectorates; in the twenty-first century, they can be accepted as fully recognized sovereign states.

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

Obama’s Afghan Struggle

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 20, 2009

The administration will find that the “graveyard of empires” is not history’s idle boast

Michael Boskin

Obama’s Radicalism Is Killing the Dow

by Michael J. Boskinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 9, 2009

The illusion that Barack Obama will lead from the economic center has quickly come to an end. President Obama is returning to Jimmy Carter’s higher taxes and Bill Clinton’s draconian defense drawdown.

Ruth Wedgwood

What Do You Do with a Captured Pirate?

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Why has the West’s response to twenty-first-century piracy on the high seas been so anemic? In part it is logistic; in part, it is a purposeful deformation of the law.

Engaging Muslim Communities

by Zeyno Baranvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Islamism—not Islam—is a threat to democracy

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What Can America Do with China?

by David G. Victorvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For a start, rethink engagement on energy, security, and climate protection

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The Crisis of 2008: Lessons for and from Economics

by Daron Acemogluvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 5, 2009

Although it is too soon to tell how the second half of 2008 will be featured in history books, it certainly signifies a critical opportunity for the discipline of economics.


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