American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm

February 11, 2021

The January 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election has left many of us pondering the future of democracy in the United States. The symbol of American democracy withstood the onslaught this time, but the...

When Is a Coup a Coup?

December 13, 2019

Coups have been one of the greatest threats to democracy. The people elect a daring leader willing to take on the status quo. And then, as in Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973, the military pushes the leader aside to take control. Sometimes the generals remain in power; sometimes they restore a royal...

The Delicate Dance of Democracy

November 22, 2019

Amid all the gloom and doom over the slow retreat of democracy, the past few weeks have come as a welcome relief for proponents of the liberal world order. Since the late 2000s, the election of right-wing, xenophobic and authoritarian leaders and the consolidation of power by Vladimir Putin in...

The Long History of Foreign Interference in US Politics

November 07, 2019

On October 31, the US House of Representatives held a formal vote on its first resolution in relation to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The resolution, which passed by 232 votes to 196 along party lines, set out rules on how the impeachment inquiry will proceed in the next...

Will Donald Trump Face Impeachment?

August 31, 2018

Even if he is impeached, Donald Trump, possibly one of the most corrupt US presidents, may walk away unscathed. Is Donald Trump one of the most corrupt presidents in US history? Trump is yet to cross the midway point of his presidency, but his actions over the last two years, during the 2016...