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July 8, 2022

United States
Where Will American History Go Next?

It is only natural to look for historical patterns and seek guidance from the past. But it turns out that not only is the past itself in dispute, the whole notion of historical patterns is a mirage. …

People watch the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the National Mall in Washington, U.S July 4, 2022.

June 24, 2022

United States
Trump, Partisanship, and Democracy

Fifty years ago, Republicans turned on President Richard Nixon. Today, most of the party continues to stand by Trump. Why the difference? A rise in partisanship.

U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol holds public hearing in Washington

June 16, 2022

United States
Fake News, Then and Now

The problem of fake news has been with us from the beginning of the Republic, and American democracy was even worse at dealing with it then than it is now.

A news stand outfitted with "Fake News" headlines as a stunt pulled off by the Columbia Journalism Review is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York

June 10, 2022

United States
Bored Apes Play to Type, This Time Online

The connection between the rise of social media and the decline of American politics and society seems obvious. But what if what everybody knows is wrong? 

Man uses tablet computer while standing in front of video screen with Facebook and Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken in Sarajevo

February 5, 2015

United States
Interview With Charlie Rose

Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Charlie Rose on his show along with Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign minister, and Francisco Goldman, contributor to The New Yorker, to discuss Mexic…

June 12, 2019

Israel
Israel's Coming Up Roses

The country can’t form a government, its peace process is permanently stalled—and things have never been better.

Jewish youth wave Israeli flags as they participate in a march marking "Jerusalem Day", near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City June 2, 2019.

July 28, 2022

Sri Lanka
Family Ties Led to Sri Lanka's Collapse. What Does This Mean for South Asia?

Sri Lanka’s collapse should be a wake-up call for other South Asian countries that suffer from the same trend of “familycracy.”

People shout slogans against Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, during a protest organised by the main opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegaya against the worsening economic crisis that has brought fuel shortages and spiralling food prices in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

January 14, 2015

Egypt
Hostile Middle East Reactions to Today’s Charlie Hebdo Cover

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published its first issue today since gunmen stormed the magazine’s headquarters in Paris last Monday, killing twelve people. The new cover depicts the Pro…

Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux (R) and cartoonist Luz (L) show a copy of their next issue titled "Tout est pardonne" ("All is forgiven") showing a caricature of Prophet Mohammad during a news conference at the French newspaper Liberation offices in Paris, January 13, 2015 (Wojazer/Courtesy Reuters).

January 12, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
"Je Suis Charlie" and Northern Nigeria

In the aftermath of the January 7 Islamist terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a separate but apparently related January 9 attack on a Jewish supermarket, both in Paris, over…

Boko Haram Red Cross Relief