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January 2015
The Global Crisis of the Nation-State
by Aviel Roshwald
“[I]t is the failure to consolidate or maintain national identities that are cohesive yet adaptable, rooted in shared historical memories yet capable of integrating new ones, that helps generate some of the major threats to peace and stability in today’s global environment.” Fourth in a series on resurgent nationalism.

January 2015
The Geopolitics of Cyberspace After Snowden
by Ron Deibert
“The aims of the Internet economy and those of state security converge around the same functional needs: collecting, monitoring, and analyzing as much data as possible.”

January 2015
Twenty-First-Century Space Security: Conflict or Collaboration?
by James Clay Moltz
“Given the growing number of actors and spacecraft in orbit, the major challenge facing the international community is one of collective action. . . .”

January 2015
A “New Mediocre” for the Global Economy?
by Barry Eichengreen
“Which view is correct—that which attributes the likelihood of a weak economy in 2015 to the unfortunate concurrence of transitory problems in a number of the world’s largest economies, or that which warns of secular stagnation due to the declining productive potential of innovation?”

January 2015
The Power Paradox
by Amrita Narlikar
“As developing countries have come to exercise greater voice and more effective veto power, multilateral processes have deadlocked and rich countries have preferred to transfer their negotiating efforts to alternative forums."

January 2015
Perspective: Climate Change Politics on the Road to Paris
by Lorraine Elliott
Nations will try to negotiate a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol by the end of 2015. Can they agree on how to share the burden of cutting emissions and funding mitigation and adaption measures?

January 2015
Books: The Limits of Intervention
by Duncan Bell
A new book by Michael W. Doyle engages with the ideas of John Stuart Mill in an effort to answer the perennial question of when international humanitarian intervention can be justified.

January 2015
The Month in Review: November 2014
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in November, country by country, day by day.

January 2015
A Statistical Snapshot of the World
by the editors of Current History
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January 2014
Perils and Progress
by Alan Sorensen
History’s horrors shouldn’t blind us to the continuing spread of liberal ideas and values.

January 2014
A Hundred Years of Current History
by Joshua Lustig
An anniversary occasions a look back through this magazine’s archives.

January 2014
Can America Keep Its Global Role?
by Michael Mandelbaum
The United States provides essential services to other countries, but could tire of the task.

January 2014
The Next Democratic Century
by Larry Diamond
Despite setbacks in some countries, democracy has no legitimate competitor.

January 2014
Weathering the Climate Crisis
by Sheila Jasanoff
Scientific advances offer hope, but governments must cooperate to save the environment.

January 2014
The Quest for Global Governance
by G. John Ikenberry
Most nations are eager to join the US-led liberal order, provided authority is shared.

January 2014
The Information Revolution and Power
by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
The rise of digital networks is diffusing power to new players. Fourth in a series on soft power.

January 2014
The Future of the Nuclear Order
by Scott D. Sagan
Keeping the nuclear peace will require vigilance, restraint, wisdom, and a bit of luck.

January 2014
Converging Economic Destinies
by Uri Dadush
Multitudes are escaping poverty in developing nations while rich economies stagnate.

January 2014
The Waning of Warfare
by Bruce Russett
A more democratic, interdependent world has seen a marked decline in armed conflicts.

January 2014
Making Room for Rising Powers
by Amrita Narlikar
New heavyweights have their own preferences when it comes to global burden sharing.

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