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John Shaw is a contributing writer for the Diplomat and is the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

US political dysfunction a threat to world stability: report

a new report by the Eurasia Group, a leading political risk firm, suggests that Americans would be well advised to look in the mirror and recognize that political dysfunction and threats of violence in the US are frightening people around the world and constitute a serious threat to international stability.

Shakespeare on how leaders rise, rule and fall

Eliot Cohen is a military historian and national security expert who deeply  admires William Shakespeare for his astonishing command of the English language, profound insights into human character, and absorbing reflections on political power. And sometimes Shakespeare even helps him understand current events.

Countries should intentionally do good, says Australia’s Gareth Evans

If you are looking for an example of a contemporary global statesman, Gareth Evans of Australia is a compelling candidate. Evans served for more than two decades in Australia’s Parliament and held several important cabinet positions including a high consequential and widely heralded eight-year stint as foreign minister. 

Remembering Colin Powell

Colin Powell is likely to be remembered by historians as an inspirational, successful, compelling, but also a tragic American military and political leader.  The child of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was an indifferent student at City College of New York. 

Book Review: Our last best hope for America

George Packer, a staff writer for The Atlantic and award-winning author of several non-fiction books, is one of the most penetrating, persuasive, and important writers in the United States. He is consistently fair-minded, skeptical, and willing to challenge political orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. He wrote a remarkable book about the Iraq War, a probing biography of Richard Holbrooke, and a stunning account of the economic and social unraveling of America’s middle class.

Former UN Secretary General offers insights and critiques of his term

History will not regard Ban Ki-moon as a commanding or charismatic secretary general of the United Nations. A somber, cautious, and conservative diplomat from South Korea, Ban was not an arresting figure on the global stage. However, Ban believes he was a consequential, even visionary, secretary general, and he has written a memoir to make his case.