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Five years into the Iraq war, a better country is emerging. By Fouad Ajami.
Democracy may be turning a corner in Iraq, but it’s going to need a lot of help. What kind of help? Intense pressure on Iraq’s leaders. By Larry Diamond.
In a nuclear Iran, could we count on a democratic counterrevolution? Hardly.Why we may have to impose a naval blockade instead. By Shmuel Bar and Peter Berkowitz.
Washing our hands of the Middle East—a notion that’s as futile as it is appealing. By Thomas H. Henriksen.
Refugees, lost territory, artificial states . . . after we somehow fix these problems in spots like Kashmir and Eastern Europe, fixing them in Israel will be a cinch. By Victor Davis Hanson.
The evolving consensus: their nation, though threatened, is sound. By Peter Berkowitz.
Those who serve America abroad are being asked to do more and more with less and less, but our diplomatic corps is doing just that as it performs new duties in Baghdad and the world. By Cecile Shea.
The subprime-mortgage meltdown illustrates a secondary failure—that of individuals to accept responsibility for their decisions. By Gary S. Becker.
Letting the Bush tax cuts expire would wreak havoc on our economy—while doing virtually nothing to shrink the deficit. By John F. Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard.
The mortgage crisis is a burst bubble, a failure of intelligence, and a rich psychological case study. What to do about it? Perhaps nothing. By Richard A. Posner.
How debt helps to discipline public spending. Financial markets put a brake on ill-considered government projects, even when taxpayers don’t. By Dino Falaschetti.
Five ways to misunderstand No Child Left Behind. By Chester E. Finn Jr.
How to stick up for subjects—history, literature, the arts—that fewer and fewer students get a chance to learn. By Diane Ravitch.
The decision in a California homeschooling case suggests that parents care less about their children than do teachers. How likely is that? By Liam Julian.
Call him “Troublemaker”—lots of people do. The provocative Chester E. Finn Jr., head of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, has published a memoir. By Jay Mathews.
Even in the most prestigious journals, peer review isn’t always the gold standard it’s supposed to be. Studies can be grievously flawed. By Henry I. Miller.
Maybe he has a future on Team Obama, but Michael Bloomberg seems a lot more likely to follow other New York mayors into political oblivion. There’s something about that job. . . .. By Arnold Beichman.
Is it so outlandish to suggest that we sell the right to live in the United States? Outlandish or not, such a policy would benefit legal and illegal immigrants alike. By Gary S. Becker.
The market will do a much better job of regulating Microsoft than government ever would. By F. Scott Kieff.
Give government too much discretion in eminent-domain cases, and you’ll get not justice or efficiency but favoritism and intrigue. By Richard A. Epstein.
The worldwide triumph of democracy was never foreordained. But it’s also too soon to prophesy its failure. By Niall Ferguson.
Hugo Chávez of Venezuela seems surprised that price controls don’t work. They never do. By Thomas Sowell.
A threat of war flared in Latin America, and just as quickly subsided. Look closely, if you dare, at what Venezuela was up to. By William Ratliff.
Moscow is still trying to hide what really happened in the 1940 Katyn massacre. Why the truth won’t stay buried. By Paul R. Gregory and Maciej Siekierski.
The effort may be slow and fumbling, but China is attempting to embrace property rights at last. By Jialin Zhang.
The independence of Kosovo, until months ago a mere province, is a flawed and fragile thing. The rest of the world's "unrepresented" are watching closely. By Timothy Garton Ash.
The strange story of a prisoner who complained to Stalin's secret police chief—and got results. By Golfo Alexopoulos.
An exhibit tells the story of the Soviet dissidents who fought the Kremlin—and, in the end, won. By Brad Bauer.
A note on the late William F. Buckley Jr. and Firing Line, television's longest-running sporting event. By Peter Robinson.