Democracy

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An African Cheer for the Obama Doctrine

Sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st century faces one great opportunity and two great dangers. And American foreign policy will profoundly affect each.

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God, the Republic, and 60 Billion Hours of World of Warcraft

The cultivation of civic virtue in America depends on artists and entertainers who imaginatively portray the human condition, honestly question the American regime, and constructively represent embodied civic virtue—whether in World of Warcraft, The Wire, Scandal, or elsewhere.

Spanish Civil War Survivor

Del Berg, age 100, died last week, reputedly the last of several thousand Americans who fought in the 1930s Spanish…

Sedate & Sober Strength

Seventy years ago today Winston Churchill gave his Iron Curtain Speech, articulating what is obvious today but was not fully…

America, Ike & Islam

Can you imagine an American president today greeted by hundreds of thousands with acclaim and American flags as he rides…

Susannah Black & Richard Dreyfuss: A Theopolitical Embroilment

The first of a five-part epistolary exchange between the actor Richard Dreyfuss and Providence associate editor Susannah Black exploring such issues as the potential of civics education to combat the appeal of groups like ISIS, the place of religion in public life, and the roots of the ideas of the American founding.

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Brexit & European Disunion: Dipping a Toe in the Rubicon

Europe may cross the Rubicon on June 23 when the United Kingdom votes on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. The US should consider how Brexit could affect American foreign policy.

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The Decline of Freedom and the Obama Doctrine

In every year of Mr. Obama’s presidency, without exception, the cause of freedom has been in retreat around the world.