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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Obama’s China Policy: Not Perfect, Not a Failure (B+)

November 05, 2012

US-China relations are complicated and expansive, characterized by unprecedented interdependence and potential for both deepening cooperation and intensifying competition. The question is: will Barack Obama's China policy continue to serve American interests? Despite the shortcomings of his...

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...

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