Are Trump’s stumbles a brilliant ploy to “deconstruct the state,” a political performance or actual incompetence? If I were a Donald Trump supporter, I’d be furious at the coverage of the president’s first 100 days. The mainstream media have engaged in a bout of competitive schadenfreude as headline writers and columnists vie for the distinction of deriving Read More
Opportunistic nationalists and their shortsighted referenda proposals could usher in the disintegration of the UK. British Prime Minister Theresa May recently invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which formally notified the European Council of the United Kingdom’s intent to leave the European Union. The forthcoming negotiations offer the first glimpse into what the future relationship...Read More
An assessment of institutional democracy at the onset of the Trump administration. Since his election to the US presidency on November 8, 2016, there has been much discussion as to whether Donald Trump is a rising authoritarian strongman who will bring the downfall of liberal democracy in the United States. Has this commentary been hyperbolic? While Read More
Some view sanctuary cities as places for harboring fugitives, while others view them as safe havens. But a more accurate description may be that they are cities trying to regain trust between law enforcement and the people. The Trump administration has been battling against sanctuary cities by threatening to withhold federal grant money from jurisdictions Read More
How a growing technology gap between the US and its nuclear-armed rivals could lead to the unraveling of arms control agreements — and even nuclear war. At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers — Russia and NATO in Europe, and the United States, North Korea and China in Asia — Washington has quietly Read More
The World This Week
In an age of strong men, the Turkish president has tightened his grip on a profoundly polarized country facing instability and crisis. Like many past weeks, this one was eventful. British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised everyone, including her cabinet, by calling a snap general election. This...
Africa This Month
Climate change, droughts, floods, growing populations, civil strife, slowing economies and flailing states are putting lives of millions at risk. As these authors have pointed out earlier, Africa’s landscape is on uncertain ground as the global economy experiences a downturn. Of course, some...