Clive Crook

05/28/2015 - 4:33pm

    On Monday President Barack Obama announced new rules for the distribution of surplus military hardware to local police forces and unveiled a report on 21st- century policing. The new procedures and recommendations rightly acknowledge failings in the U.S. criminal-justice system, and they're a step in...

05/14/2015 - 7:20pm

    Britain's sense of purpose in the world is trending downward. Indisputably, Thursday's election marks a new low in national ambition, and it's likely to be followed by a further, perhaps accelerating, decline. British voters seem to think the...

05/07/2015 - 2:28pm

    The British election on May 7 is too interesting for the country's good. Neither the Conservatives nor Labour expect to win a majority of seats in Parliament. Everything will depend on deals struck after the vote -- an idea to which other countries are...

04/23/2015 - 12:30pm

    In his excellent new blog, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke argues against the view that the economy is caught in a trap of persistently slow growth -- "secular stagnation." He discusses a paper by James D. Hamilton, Ethan S. Harris,...

03/26/2015 - 8:39pm

    Every central bank tries to steer expectations about monetary policy. If businesses and consumers expect the Federal Reserve to let inflation surge out of control, the chances are fair that inflation will surge out of control. If they expect the Fed to keep...

03/05/2015 - 6:58pm

    There are two main lines of analysis about Germany's role in the European Union. The first, favored by populist euro-skeptic politicians, is that Germany seeks to reverse the setbacks of the 20th century and rule Europe by other means. The second,...

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