Romney Breaks Ranks, Drawing Insults from Trump

October 07, 2019

Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a presidential candidate in 2012, has dared to defy the discipline of his party by criticizing US President Donald Trump’s actions and evident intentions revealed in his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump solicited Ukraine’s help in...

Is Mitt Romney Getting Ready to Run?

January 03, 2019

After the ignominious departure of James “Mad Dog” Mattis from Trump’s team, Mitt Romney ramps up his mad-dog rhetoric against the president. Not so long ago, former US presidential candidate Mitt Romney surprised the world by doing what most Republican politicians who saw Donald Trump as...

Donald Trump’s Madman Theory

December 02, 2016

Without exception, Trump's foreign policy picks are members of the far right: aggressive, Islamophobic and contemptuous of diplomacy. Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could...

Yes, They Can: Volunteers of the 2012 US Election Campaign

November 20, 2012

Why volunteers have made the difference between victory and defeat for the Obama campaign. Background It was perhaps only the second time that the world saw Barack Obama crying. Here was a man known for his emotional detachment being overcome by strong emotion, a man who had coolly observed...

An Election to Define the Destiny of America

November 06, 2012

Atul Singh observes that a deeply divided American society is deadlocked over different visions for the future in an uncertain world and, regardless of the result of the election, the battle to define a new American destiny shall continue for another few years. A century ago, Britain was deeply...

Obligation to Speak

November 06, 2012

Non-compulsory voting has got to end. It is probably contrary to everything you have been told but it is true and it is time we recognized it.  The US has got to stop allowing potential voters to stay at home while others attend the ballot box and perform their civic duty and vote. Not voting...

Elections 2012: Why the Economy Might Not Matter

November 05, 2012

As the US election day dawns, history suggests that the issues debated in a presidential campaign will not be ones that are most important to the next president. As US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld famously identified one category of risks in Iraq as "unknown unknowns" – those things...

The Relevance of the US-Presidential Election for Indonesia: A Pre-Election Analysis (Part 1)

November 05, 2012

For Indonesia, the outcome of the American presidential election in November 2012 will be of great importance. This article will outline the most important contemporary matters of interest in the Indonesian-American relationship from a pre-election perspective. On November 6th 2012, the people...

Reality Check – The Impact of a Romney Victory on Europe

November 04, 2012

A Romney presidency will signal a re-evaluation of the relationship between Moscow and Washington, a strong commitment to Israel and a continuing push for the European powers to increase NATO’s defense spending. The final countdown to the US presidential election has started and with it...

Romney’s Tax Plan: How Much Revenue Would a Cap on Itemized Deductions Raise?

October 18, 2012

by Roberton Williams In the second Presidential debate, Mitt Romney repeated the idea that he could pay for much or all of the 20 percent rate reduction and other tax cuts in his tax plan by capping itemized deductions at $25,000. He had previously suggested a $17,000 cap in an interview and, in...

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