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Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a small town in Oregon, and I had already joined the Marine Corps Reserve. My friends were mostly from East Coast prep schools. One said that Lyndon …

How the USSR’s effort to destroy Islam created a generation of radicals

In 1929, Soviet leader Mikhail Kalinin laid out his vision for Central Asia: "teaching the people of the Kirgiz Steppe, the small Uzbek cotton grower, and the Turkmenian gardener the ideals of the Leningrad worker."<p>It was a tall order, especially when it came to religion. About 90 percent of the …

Central Asia

America’s democracy has become illiberal

Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of law, respect …

Political Science

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Are we heading towards a 'post human rights world'?

<b>With an increasing number of states seemingly reluctant to honour human rights treaties, is there a future for this type of international agreement?</b><p>"We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the UN, and in the life of mankind."<p>With these words, Eleanor Roosevelt presented …

Russia: Fall and rise in 25 years

<b>In August 1991, I arrived in Moscow to teach English at the Machine Tool Construction Institute. Printed on my visa were the words "For entry into the USSR".</b><p>Less than four months later, the USSR ceased to exist.<p>The collapse of the Soviet Union came as a huge shock to its citizens. But, for many of …