Possible Grexit Highlights Europe’s Real Deficit

There has been much talk over the last few years of Europe’s budgetary deficits and of its democratic deficit, but Europe’s more troubling deficit might be its constitutional deficit. Simply put, Europeans are not clear among themselves on how difficult decisions are to be made, how the pain for such decisions is to be shared, and, more basically, the nature of their mutual obligations. Continue reading

Briefing the UK’s Election – and Why it Matters to Americans

The 2016 election, it would seem, has been going on for years. In contrast, the British just managed to pull theirs off in a few short months. In a surprise, the Conservatives won a decisive victory – and there are good reasons for Americans to pay attention. Continue reading

In Crimea, America Faces a Foreign Policy Puzzle

What’s happening in Ukraine is an example of the new sort of challenge: the rise of regional powers that cannot challenge the US globally, but that can do much to thwart American regional interests. The real threat to isn’t that we’ll be unable to prevent every setback; it’s that we won’t recognize the need to clearly and publicly distinguish between those actions that will invite a full-throttled American response and those that won’t. That could lead to dangerous miscalculations. Continue reading