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Clive Crook

For Clive Crook's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sep 22, 2014

Union could unravel over devolution pressure

If the Scottish nationalists had won, they'd have started a risky, costly transition to independence, but the final destination would have been clear. The unionists' victory avoids that short-term pain but prolongs the constitutional uncertainty.

Aug 19, 2014

U.K. should stay in EU until they beg it to leave

The European Union moves under a seemingly irresistible momentum to strengthen its institutions even as it fails to integrate in ways that a well-run single-currency area needs. The best course for Britain is to continue as an EU member for the economic benefits until ...

Jun 20, 2014

Americans should be worried about polarization

Americans should worry about a new Pew report on political polarization not because there's too much genuine ideological competition, but because our most energetic citizens appear to be dividing every more coherently into factions that can't stand each other.

Jun 16, 2014

Urge to declare a quick win threatens security

The American urge to declare victory when nobody has won, to divide factions into fast friends and evil enemies, to ground complex decisions into simple, overriding principles rather than complex trade-offs poses a security risk.

May 11, 2014

Northern Ireland can't have peace and justice

The bleak truth is that the closest Northern Ireland will get to reconciling irreconcilable principles left over from the Troubles will be to combine a policy of no prosecutions with a tribunal to uncover the truth — along the lines of South Africa's post-apartheid ...

Mar 31, 2014

The world's poor have rights, too

A New York economics professor argues that the West's efforts to help the poor, or even to understand what holds them back, have been defeated by the failure to recognize them as individuals with rights.