Our five favorite long reads and blog posts from the past week.
What Happened to Canada?
By Marianne Lenabat
Marianne Lenabat discusses the dramatic political reorientation that has taken place in recent years in Canada. As Canada’s left parties decline, its renown social services may begin to decline, and populist politics will set in.
Year of the Pigskin: My …
Hosted by Sarwar Kashmeri, the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions podcast series will headline issues together with the leaders whose decisions today will mold the foreign policy of tomorrow. Each podcast will tackle a different Great Decisions topic in the 2014 series, a list of which can be found
By Anna Pivovarchuk
As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society.
When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that …
Need some reading for the weekend? Check out our editorial staff’s favorite five long reads and blog posts.
By Sarwar Kashmeri
Before the United States gets too worked up about the Russian “invasion” of Ukraine, it should recall its own invasion in 1983 of the idyllic island of Grenada some 100 miles from the United States. America invaded Grenada to install a U.S.-friendly government after a Communist coup had …
By Ambassador Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s Ambassador to the U.S.
The “American Dream” has been the national ethos of the United States for generations. Its timeless appeal lies in its sheer optimism: those who work hard and play by the rules can achieve anything. Last month’s State of the Union address by President …
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s major policy reform proposals, on everything from new taxes on soda pop to amending the 70-year constitutional prohibition on foreign investment in Mexico’s petroleum sector, have swept through that nation’s congress with breathtaking speed.
By Ghoncheh Tazmini
Is Rouhani really Ayatollah Gorbachev?
Analysts have been quick to make assumptions about President Rouhani’s diplomatic maneuvers, translating his diplomatic skills as reminiscent of Gorbachev’s era of Perestroika and Glasnost.
Jochen Bittner of Die Zeit asks: “Is Rouhani an Iranian Gorbachev?” The Wall Street Journal asks the same question, featuring an article titled, …