The Far Right on the March: Understanding Demonstrations

The Future of Women in US Politics

In Trump’s Latest Match, He Faces a Tag Team

October 09, 2019

When he announced his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria — exposing the Kurds to the wrath of both their traditional oppressors, the Turks and what remains of the Islamic State group — US President Donald Trump didn’t expect a revolt from his own political base. Yet that’s what he...

Gently Down the Stream of Trump’s Consciousness

September 10, 2019

Conventional wisdom sees literature as an author’s imaginative attempt to reflect the world. “Art imitates life” goes the saying. On certain occasions, reporters of the news, surprised by the stories they cover, speak about life imitating art or history aping literature. Great literary...

The Puerto Rico Crisis: A Reflection of a Flawed US Democracy

August 27, 2019

On August 2, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló of the New Progressive Party (NPP) — nominally affiliated with the Democrats, although once linked to the Republicans under Governor Luis Ferré Aguayo — finally resigned. The decision came after weeks of mass protests over the island’s...

Is Mexico’s Political Culture Undergoing a Paradigm Shift?

August 20, 2019

Mexico’s economy has for at least a century functioned according to the mordida system, often described simply as “the way of getting things done.” The word “mordida” literally means “bite,” but as part of a functioning system, it simply means “bribe.” In some ways, it’s closer...

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?

August 18, 2019

Dark times loom for the US economy in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s latest threat on August 1 to levy 10% tariffs on some $300 billion of imports from China. In response, China allowed the yuan to weaken against the dollar and thereby cushion the impact for Chinese exporters. In...

Is the World Undergoing a Deep Populist Transition?

July 25, 2019

In academia, we seem to have a fondness for the trope of the “wave” and “wave theory.” Samuel Huntington gave us the waves of democratization — a process of global, though asymmetrical, shift from authoritarian and oligarchic to democratic forms of government and state institutions....

Can You Guess Who This Article Is About?

January 17, 2019

Can you guess which prominent head of state is counting on his political base to weather the growing scandal about his personal behavior? Who would be surprised to hear the following account of a political drama that has recently dominated headlines? It goes like this: A political...

Sharpening the Knives of Diplomacy

January 08, 2019

At the cutting edge of political thinking, there’s a new theory instructing us how to sharpen the knives of diplomacy. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Political scientist Joseph S. Nye, creator of the term “neoliberalism,” became known as an American analyst of the nature of...

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