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Jan-Werner Mueller

Jan-Werner Mueller

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Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, is a fellow at The New Institute, Hamburg and the author, most recently, of Democracy Rules (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021; Allen Lane, 2021).

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  1. The Treason of the Conservatives
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    The Treason of the Conservatives

    Apr 13, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller explains why fans of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have little problem with autocracy and theft.

  2. Let Them Eat Respect?
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    Let Them Eat Respect?

    Feb 10, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller refutes the argument that center-left parties must win back voters from the far right.

  3. January 6 and the Possessive White Male
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    January 6 and the Possessive White Male

    Jan 6, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller sees in the insurrectionists’ mindset and behavior resentment over the loss of illegitimate privilege.

  4. Can the Center Hold Any Meaning?
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    Can the Center Hold Any Meaning?

    Nov 30, 2021 Jan-Werner Mueller explains the conditions under which principled centrism does and does not make sense.

  5. An Interview with Jan-Werner Mueller
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    An Interview with Jan-Werner Mueller

    Oct 19, 2021 Jan-Werner Mueller advises the media on how to avoid ushering in another Donald Trump presidency, clarifies the meaning of populism, and worries that we are underestimating authoritarian regimes.

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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Robert D. Kaplan

    With Russia facing defeat on the battlefield and massive protests once again engulfing Iran, both countries’ regimes look vulnerable. But the end of tyranny is more likely to lead to a dangerous political vacuum than to a democratic transition.

    warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.

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