Electing a President in Lebanon

June 22, 2014

Lebanese citizens should have the right to directly elect their president. On February 15, I published an article on my website making a case for the people of Lebanon to directly vote for our president, instead of the parliament. In the same article, I ran a poll asking my readers to vote...

Obama’s Second Chance on the Home Front

January 20, 2013

As Obama prepares for another four years in the White House, questions arise as to which issues will define the president’s domestic agenda during his second term in office. Since his first electoral victory in 2009, die-hard Obama supporters have become a rare breed in the US. Barack Obama...

South Korea: Why One Plus One Might Not Equal Two

December 16, 2012

Political turmoil escalates as South Korea's third and independent runner announced resignation in the midst of discussing unifying with the runner from opposing party. "I'm giving up my presidential candidacy…From now on, Moon Jae-in is the single liberal candidate." Ahn...

Swing State Scramble: A Wisconsin Volunteer’s Narrative

November 20, 2012

Lawyer Frank Currie spent election week working for the Obama voter protection effort in Milwaukee.   I wanted to address voter protection issues because I have been really disturbed by efforts to suppress the disadvantaged vote in many states.  I had originally intended to work in Miami...

Understanding President Obama’s Revenue Targets

November 17, 2012

President Obama and administration officials have offered two different revenue targets for the fiscal cliff debate: $1 trillion and $1.6 trillion (sometimes reported as $1.5 trillion). You might be wondering (Donald Marron was) where those numbers come from. The $1...

Purple America – The Best Election Maps

November 12, 2012

For all the talk of red states and blue states, much of America is really purple. That simple observation has inspired some great alternatives to the standard red and blue maps depicting electoral outcomes. Princeton’s Robert Vanderbei, for example, has created an animation that makes three...

A Productive Term for Mexico’s Next President?

November 09, 2012

If Mexico’s next president can turn his ambition into effective policy, then his six-year term may be the most productive in the country’s recent history.  The story is all too familiar.  A conservative president launches a disastrous war against terrorism, killing tens of...

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...

Infographic: The Obama Effect

October 22, 2012

The third US presidential debate took place last night, the 22nd of October, on the topic of foreign policy. Over the course of the campaign, the Romney camp has argued that unrest in the Middle East reflects the ‘unraveling of the Obama doctrine,’ while President Obama and his...

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