Sunday, June 25, 2017
  1. Saudi Arabia’s Game of Thrones

    Bernard Haykel

    Saudi Arabia’s Game of Thrones


     examines how Mohammed bin Salman secured his succession to the throne, and why it matters.

    Newsart for Saudi Arabia’s Game of Thrones Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Council/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has now replaced the 57-year-old Muhammad bin Nayif with his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince, signaling a clear break from a decades-old tradition of building consensus. That implies a return to the absolute monarchy established by Saudi Arabia's founder, King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud. READ MORE
  2. The EU’s Mafia State

    Bálint Magyar

    The EU’s Mafia State


     explains how Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has replaced democracy with clientelism.

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    Following the collapse of communism, many people in Central and Eastern Europe had hoped that the region would steadily move toward liberal democracy, and that any obstacles en route could be overcome. But as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's regime shows, older systems of patronage and corruption have survived. READ MORE
  3. The Russian-Roulette Presidency

    Elizabeth Drew

    The Russian-Roulette Presidency


     thinks the multiple investigations into Donald Trump's presidency are beginning to leave their mark.

    Newsart for The Russian-Roulette Presidency Bill Clark/Getty Images
    Unless US President Donald Trump decides to return to his gilded Manhattan tower, the metastasizing crisis of his presidency will continue. Separate investigations in the US Congress are underway, and the investigation by the Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, is just getting started. READ MORE
  4. The Death of the Party

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    The Death of the Party


     considers why major political parties, from India's Congress to France's Socialists, are declining.

    Newsart for The Death of the Party Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images
    Today, once-great political parties in the West and some developing countries seem to be going the way of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. But whereas the CPSU’s demise was perfectly logical, the decline of major political parties in countries like France, India, and South Africa is not so easy to explain. READ MORE
  5. Britain’s Deepening Confusion

    Robert Skidelsky

    Britain’s Deepening Confusion


     surveys the UK's disorienting post-election political terrain – and spots two certain casualties.

    theresa may Leon Neal/Getty Images
    This month's general election superimposed on the political divide over Brexit a more traditional left-right split, with a resurgent Labour Party capitalizing on voter discontent with Conservative budget cuts. The only certainty is that the next government will abandon austerity and insist on controlling immigration. READ MORE
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