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    Which Future Will Britain Choose?

    One way or another, Britain will have a national referendum on EU membership. But the point of the referendum is not to vote. It is to choose between different futures. The advocates of the EU, like Lord Mandelson, argue that Britain needs to “concentrate on using all of our influence … More

    New Australian Leader Gives Hope to Conservatives Everywhere

    The Australian Liberal Party—“liberal” in the good way, like Adam Smith—and its coalition partner, the National Party, won in a landslide election over the weekend. Australian voters have made Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott the next prime minister of Australia with a projected majority of 89 out of 150 seats … More

    Margaret Thatcher Made Great Leaps, Avoided Compromise

    The life of the late Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, offers many interesting and instructive examples of statesmanship. Not only for what the Iron Lady did, but what she did not do—her ability to resist the prevailing winds of peer pressure and public opinion in favor … More

    Japanese Conservative Victory: A Welcome Development for the U.S.

    In Japan, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) exceeded even the most optimistic predictions by winning a landslide victory in Sunday’s lower house election. LDP Leader Shinzo Abe’s conservative foreign policy views and the Japanese public’s growing concern over China provide an excellent opportunity for Washington to achieve several policy … More

    Japan’s Inability to Make Decisions

    Draconian defense budget cuts of at least $450 billion—and possibly as much as $1.2 trillion under sequestration—are casting doubt on the U.S. commitment to peace and security in the Asia–Pacific. Japan’s inability to come to agreement with its principle ally complicates this already disconcerting picture. It only increases insecurity in … More