August 12, 2019United States
Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major party candidates has won the popular vote two-thirds of the time. That’s good news for Bill d…
December 22, 2011United States
Last week the United States formally ended the war in Iraq. The war began with great patriotic fervor. It ended with two in three Americans saying that it had not been “worth the loss of American liv…
September 12, 2005Elections and Voting
When Japanese parliament failed to pass a postal-service reform bill on August 8, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dissolved parliament’s lower house and called for snap elections, held September 11…
June 18, 2019Iran
The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.
June 3, 2019Mexico
Mexico can’t end the migrant flow by itself. But it can—and likely will—raise tariffs that target swing states.
May 31, 2019Immigration and Migration
If the president succeeds, he will be free to slap tariffs on any country or any product at any time for whatever reason he dreams up.
May 14, 2019Saudi Arabia
The United States keeps signaling that it has hard power. Most recently, the United States made known that it was deploying additional ships, the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Arlington, to the Middle …
April 2, 2019Wars and Conflict
Test your knowledge of the roles foreign countries played in the U.S. civil war, from France to Brazil.
February 11, 2019United States
Government prosecutors often have political ambitions. The list of prosecutors who became mayor (think Rudy Guiliani) or governor (think Chris Christie) is long. But the last president to have any ex…