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Scotland’s leaders want another independence referendum. Scottish voters don’t.

After Britain has its general election, the next question is likely to be whether there is another referendum on Scottish independence. Following First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s recent call for a second referendum, further constitutional crisis in Britain is a matter of when, not if. It was only in 2014 that Scotland voted to remain […]

Trump is trying to send North Korea a message. He’s got a long way to go.

On Wednesday, President Trump will summon the entire Senate to the White House for a special briefing on North Korea. On Tuesday, North Korea staged artillery drills off its east coast. Off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. and South Korean navies were holding joint military exercises. A U.S. submarine with guided […]

This is why Trump’s legislative agenda is stuck in neutral

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt persuaded Congress to expedite a raft of major laws to combat the Great Depression. Ever since, the end of the first 100 days has been a time to mark the accomplishments of new presidents. For President Trump, to quote an old Republican hand, the first 100 days have been […]

Five myths about the Palestinian hunger strike

Approximately 1,200 Palestinian prisoners are in a second week of a hunger strike, following the controversial publication of an op-ed in the New York Times by the high-profile prisoner Marwan Barghouti. The hunger strike has brought renewed attention to the issue of imprisonment in Israel, where the approximately 6,500 Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli jails are […]

Here’s what happened in the first round of France’s presidential election, and what happens next

On Sunday, French citizens went to the polls in the first stage of choosing a new president. The two candidates who received the most votes, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, will now face off in a second round, since neither won (or came close to winning) an overall majority in the first. Here’s how […]

Could Trump set off a constitutional crisis? Here’s what we can learn from Latin America.

What makes checks and balances function in some presidential systems, but not others? With President Trump’s 100th day in office fast approaching, the constitutional crisis that many critics feared has yet to materialize. Rhetorically, Trump continues to claim vast powers. Show More Summary

Bulgaria’s government will include far-right nationalist parties for the first time

Bulgarian legislators are gearing up to form a new government, following the March 26 parliamentary election, the third since 2013. Five parties made it into the National Assembly, but none of them won the minimum 121 out of 240 seats to claim a majority in the unicameral legislature. Here is what happens next. Boyko Borisov’s […]

This is why the first 100 days is a ‘ridiculous standard’ for judging presidents

President Trump, who has yet to pass any major legislative initiatives, recently tweeted his frustration with the “ridiculous standard of the first 100 days” as a benchmark for judging a new president’s accomplishments. The historical record suggests that he may have a point. Landmark laws are a rarity in the first 100 days Using a widely […]

In Trump’s America, who’s protesting and why? Here’s our March report.

Since tallying attendance at the Women’s Marches on Jan. 21, we have continued counting the size of political crowds. This is the third installment in a monthly Monkey Cage series reporting on political crowds in the United States. Each month, the Crowd Counting Consortium will post updates about trends and patterns from the previous month as recorded […]

Four years after one of the worst industrial accidents ever, what have we learned?

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring 2,500 others, most of them women. Structural problems caused the collapse of the building, which housed a number of factories in Savar, an industrial suburb of the capital, Dhaka. The office building was not designed to […]

The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security.

Climate change is more than melting icecaps and swamped islands. The environmental effects of climate change — droughts, floods and severe weather, for instance — have increasingly put more people on the move. In 2015, the U.N. Refugee Agency counted 65.3 million people around the world as “forcibly displaced,” including about 40 million within their […]

Here’s one way to help women in science: Support international collaborations

Today, during the March for Science, it’s useful to note that women in academia don’t have as many chances to collaborate across national borders as men do. And that hurts both individual women and academic knowledge. Let me explain. Science is international This week’s March for Science on Earth Day is also drawing attention to […]

Pundits condemn Britain’s tough line on Brexit. They’re wrong

Britain is about to start negotiations over its exit from the European Union. As our new book “Brexit — Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union” shows, Britain’s negotiators had little choice but to press for a “hard” Brexit, in which their country would pull out of European market arrangements and the free movement of workers. […]

Trump’s threat of steel tariffs heralds big changes in trade policy

President Trump announced Thursday that he was directing the commerce secretary to investigate whether imports of steel were a threat to U.S. national security. This follows earlier administration plans to “self-initiate” – or start on its own – trade enforcement cases involving countries such as China, Mexico, Germany, Japan or South Korea. Unlike many of Trump’s […]

7,000 FARC rebels are demobilizing in Colombia. But where do they go next?

It took four years of negotiations, a “no” vote on a referendum for peace and a final framework that ultimately passed Colombia’s Congress. In January, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels began to disarm and demobilize. After 52 years of guerrilla fighting, the FARC concentrated its estimated 7,000 troops in 26 designated localities. […]

Will the March for Science backfire by politicizing science? It depends on this.

On Saturday, thousands of scientists and supporters will converge in Washington and hundreds of other locations to March for Science. Organizers hope the march will launch a broader movement to increase the public profile of science and defend it from political attack. But some scientists worry that the event will depict scientists as a liberal constituency […]

The Gulf states are turning to Asia in a big way. Here’s why it matters.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia recently wrapped up a four-week, five-country visit to Asia that highlighted the rapidly growing density and complexity of ties between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Asian states. Largely under the radar, these growing ties between the Gulf and Asia have the potential to reshape geopolitical patterns and relationships. The […]

Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests. Here’s the evidence.

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. The protest was on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. As Kaepernick put it, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country […]

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election. Here’s what that means.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early snap election. (Unlike in the U.S. system, the United Kingdom’s parliamentary system enables the ruling party to call for elections before the end of a term) The call comes as a surprise, as May came to power less than a year ago, saying then she […]

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