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Despite reported shortfalls in military recruitment, most experts think it unlikely that the draft will be revived.

The electorate may be evenly divided between the two parties, but the Republicans have a decided advantage in their national structure.

Jimmy Carter tapped evangelical support to gain the presidency, but lost the bloc to the Republicans because of his policies.

Many experts are questioning whether democracy will enhance or hurt America's interests in the Middle East.

A good map might go a long way towards solving some of the world's thorniest issues.

Teens are getting squeezed out of the job market by young college grads, women, and recent immigrants.

The media's relentless opposition to the war in Iraq likely has little effect on public opinion.

The press probably is both more biased and more sensationalistic than it used to be...and the public is paying less attention.

Martin Luther King Jr. owed much to an earlier generation of black religious thinkers.

Today's Islamic terrorism fits into a long history of sacred violence.

The medical community keeps reversing itself, and the reason seems equal parts bad science and the cost of good studies.

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Book Reviews

On heroes and hero-worship.


While Louis Farrakhan captures headlines, the lesser-known W. D. Mohammed has a large following among African-American Muslims—and a warmer view of the United States. Can he help make America’s immigrant Muslims more at home in their adopted country?

Peter Skerry

The case against TV used to be a slam-dunk: guilty as charged by reason of inanity. The inanity still abounds—it wouldn’t be TV otherwise—but so do a lot of other qualities that often make the couch in the den a fitter habitation for an adult than the stadium seat in a multiplex.

James Morris

Seven years ago, a U.S.-led military intervention ended ethnic violence in Kosovo. International peacekeepers have patrolled the province ever since. Now Kosovo has reached a turning point. Without America’s continued leadership, Kosovo could reignite, spreading new conflict throughout the Balkans.

Martin C. Sletzinger & Nida Gelazis

The spectacular resurgence of evangelical Christianity has obscured the fact that there’s another side to the American religious coin. Spiritual seekers, from New Age animists to sober U.S. senators, have a long and honorable lineage in American life—and the potential to inspire a rebirth of liberal politics.

Leigh E. Schmidt

China remains a great puzzle, handicapped by its own uneasy history and heading towards an uncertain future.

Ross Terrill

One key to China's future lies in its people's attraction to a Confucian ideal.

Shiping Hua

The life of prominent Chinese sociologist Fei Xiaotong reveals a great deal about the history of Chinese reform.

Anne F. Thurston

Chinese nationalism is being pulled in two directions, more democratic at home but more assertive abroad.

Suisheng Zhao

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