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The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull - Issue 2

This month's American Review opens the conversation on the future of the West. Editor Ron Granieri contemplates the challenges and opportunities ahead, while guest contributor Mark Brennan reviews the latest book from AEI President Arthur Brooks.

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E-Notes

Saudi Brinkmanship in the Syrian War

Brandon Friedman ·

The repeated announcements from Saudi Arabia that it is ready to contribute ground forces to the U.S. led anti-Islamic State coalition should not be viewed exclusively as either disingenuous brinkmanship or reckless escalation. In other words, it is not just brinkmanship or a feint designed to encourage the U.S. to lead – the Saudis are trying to signal to the U.S. that they are very...

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E-Books

Parliament without Politics: The Effort to Consolidate Authoritarian Rule

Ann M. Lesch ·

Even though the president brooks no dissent and prefers to rule by decree, he is discovering that the absence of dialogue with social forces makes him increasingly vulnerable and isolated. At present, the parliament is likely to endorse El-Sisi’s actions,...

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Parliament without Politics: The Effort to Consolidate Authoritarian Rule
E-Notes

Structure, Strategy, and American Power: Insights from America’s Last Geopolitical Resurgence

Hal Brands ·

1979 was a bad year for U.S. foreign policy. At home, the country was being battered by stagflation and the second oil shock, developments that raised fundamental questions about the economic underpinnings of American power. Abroad, the United States was suffering a seemingly unending series of setbacks and humiliations. From the revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua, to the Soviet invasion of...

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Reagan, Bush, and Gorbachev
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