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2016 And Beyond
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The Coming Electoral Crack-up?

Will voter discontent shatter the partisan deadlock in U.S. politics this November?

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Expect Minor Tremors in Foreign Policy

Executive-Legislative Branch dynamics over foreign policy are less affected by partisanship than is the case in domestic policy.

The Open Fields of November

American politics today is far more volatile than in the past. That makes predicting what will happen in November a temptation for fools. Expect a massive failure to resist temptation.

The Gridlock Myth

Partisan divisions in the absence of supermajorities don’t cause gridlock. Electoral volatility does.

Mistaken Assumptions

Barack Obama has based his policies as President on two assumptions. One year after his election both assumptions appear to have been mistaken.His domestic policies have been based on the assumption that economic distress would produce an increased demand for, or at least acceptance of, big government policies. The financial crisis of September 2008 had […]

A Law of Unintended Consequences

The irony of the Voting Rights Act.

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Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

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