The American Interest

The Decay of American Political Institutions

  • By
  • Francis Fukuyama,
  • New America Foundation
December 8, 2013 |
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Incompetent Foes

  • By
  • Steven Teles,
  • New America Foundation
August 12, 2009 |

All but the most ostrich-like of conservatives recognize that their movement is at its lowest ebb in more than three decades. Democrats control the presidency and both chambers of Congress, and the polarization of the two major parties has rendered conservatives more isolated and irrelevant to policymaking than in their previous stints in the minority.

Riding the Ratchet

  • By
  • Mark Paul,
  • New America Foundation
August 12, 2009 |

In the siege of a city, each of the final days plays out much like the one before, the monotony belying the imminent danger. Early on one particular brilliant and beautiful day last June, a kind of siege played out at the California State Capitol. Health advocates gathered on the west steps to rail against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts to Medi-Cal services for seniors and the disabled.

NATO, R.I.P.

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
November 1, 2008 |

In what might be described as a quest for coherence through commodification, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has hired a former Coca-Cola executive to foster greater understanding about its reason for being.[1] But can an alliance emulate a soft drink giant's success at reinvention? Not likely. Coke has been creative--though not always successful--in its self-presentation, but no one has ever doubted what it is: a beverage.

The Myth of Russian Resurgence

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Alexander J. Motyl, professor of political science and deputy director of the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark
April 1, 2007 |

According to much recent commentary, Russia is back as a major power. The cover of the July 15, 2006 Economist, a magazine noted for its measured tone and sober assessments featured a phtograph of President Vladimir Putin, with a confident air and stern visage, next to the words "Living with a Strong Russia." New York Times columnist Thomas L.

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