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Trump says ‘our troops will fight to win’ in Afghanistan. Here’s why peace and stability are so elusive.

Over 15 years ago, the United States first intervened in Afghanistan. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, U.S. forces backed the Northern Alliance in a successful effort to depose the Taliban regime that had harbored al-Qaeda terrorists. Last night, after months of intense debate, President Trump announced the expansion of U.S. […]

Defending Obamacare, cheering President Trump, opposing animal cruelty: Here’s who rallied in July and why.

This is the seventh installment in a monthly 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 by our volunteers. (For our counting methods, please see our first post in the series.) For July, we tallied 744 protests, demonstrations, […]

What persuades elected officials to remove Confederate symbols? Framing it as good for business.

When white nationalists marched in Charlottesville last week, resulting in a counterprotester’s death, they were ostensibly objecting to the city’s plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. The violence of that protest has brought to a boil the already simmering national discussion about removing Confederate statues and flags in such places as Montgomery, Ala.; Hot […]

Many Russians aren’t protesting against Putin — they want his help

The widespread Russian protests against corruption, inspired by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, made global headlines earlier this year. The roots of dissatisfaction often are more personal than political, however, as many Russian citizens have been protesting to defend the ownership and use of private property. What are Russians protesting, and what do they want the […]

Here are 5 takeaways from Trump’s startling nuclear threats against North Korea

In international security, there is no area where careful signaling is more important than with nuclear weapons. Precisely because nuclear weapons have not been used since 1945 and only would be in the gravest of circumstances, nuclear declaratory policy — the official statements that describe the conditions under which the United States might use nuclear […]

What led to the violence in Charlottesville? Here’s what social science says.

The disturbing events in Virginia last weekend turned a spotlight on U.S. white nationalism, racial antagonism and turmoil in President Trump’s White House. This week, the Monkey Cage published several posts examining what social science knows about these questions. Below we offer some highlights of this week’s posts, with links for more reading, as well as […]

Three important lessons from a new book on female genital cutting in Kenya

When it comes to female genital cutting, headlines provoke and call out for concern. One headline called it the “curse of blades and powders,” while another warned that school holidays were a “cutting season.” This month a team of Kenyan teenagers have received a lot of media attention for creating a mobile phone app, i-Cut, […]

Months before Charlottesville violence, minorities were already feeling alienated and excluded

The violence in Charlottesville this past weekend — and President Trump’s unwillingness to unequivocally condemn the white nationalist groups behind it — has produced widespread condemnation of these groups and Trump himself. Although...Show More Summary

In 2015, Donald Trump said the Confederate flag should go in a museum. Here’s what changed.

Two days after Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African American worshipers at the historically black Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Pictures of Roof holding Confederate flags soon surfaced — and so, too, did calls from Democratic and Republican politicians to remove the flag and other Confederate symbols […]

Why John Kelly can’t tame the White House chaos

Shortly after hiring Anthony Scaramucci as director of communication, President Trump accepted the resignations of Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus; he then brought in John F. Kelly as chief of staff to straighten out the White House. Kelly began his job by promptly firing Scaramucci. Trump then tweeted, “no WH chaos.” Yet his actions speak […]

Here’s what made Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem last month so successful

When two soldiers were killed in occupied East Jerusalem a few weeks ago, it set off a chain reaction of Israeli punitive measures, Palestinian protests and violence. The Israeli government ramped up its presence in the Old City, installing metal detectors and security cameras in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Palestinians reacted with mass protest tactics such […]

People who get Medicaid are made to feel powerless. That pushes them out of politics and toward fatalism.

During the debate over the Republicans’ unsuccessful push to repeal and replace Obamacare this summer, thousands of activists across the country held rallies, attended town hall meetings and staged protests in an effort to stop the GOP. News coverage regularly featured protesters from the disability community, many of whom would have been affected by potential […]

Here’s what white supremacy looks and sounds like now. (It’s not your grandfather’s KKK.)

In a remarkable exchange with the press on Tuesday about the deadly violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, President Trump said, “I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.” On one level, the president is […]

Why did the Founders make U.S. elections so complicated and confusing? Get your answers here.

Welcome back to The Monkey Cage’s weekly presentation of Founding Principles, a series of short videos designed to explain American government and how it works — in theory, and in practice. The first five episodes looked at the basic structure of the government created by the U.S. Constitution — the separation of powers between its levels and […]

The big problem with the North Koreans isn’t that we can’t trust them. It’s that they can’t trust us.

What is the frightening situation between the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un and the United States about? We have seen an escalation of words and actions suggesting possible war. But the North Koreans say, in so many words, that they just want security against attack by the United States. And members of the Trump […]

White identity politics isn’t just about white supremacy. It’s much bigger.

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday, President Trump was widely criticized for waiting two days to condemn white nationalist and white supremacist groups by name. Then on Tuesday he created further controversy when he again blamed “both sides” — the white nationalists and the counterprotesters — rather than unequivocally condemn the […]

Americans’ views of trade aren’t just about economics. They’re also about race.

As U.S. trade officials gear up this week to begin renegotiating NAFTA, the trade pact with Canada and Mexico, what do voters really think about trade agreements? Donald Trump is a protectionist president. On his first day in office, Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He talks about breaking or renegotiating existing trade agreements […]

Saudi Arabia is moving to rein in its religious police. Sort of.

Early last month, the Saudi parliament held a biting public constitutional debate about enforcing Islamic law, one with far-reaching implications for how the kingdom is governed. The argument was part of a larger struggle over subduing...Show More Summary

Three years ago, the Islamic State massacred Yazidis in Iraq. Why?

Three years ago this month, the Islamic State started a systematic attack against the Kurdish-speaking Yazidi minority based in the Sinjar area of northwestern Iraq. We now have a better understanding of the militant group’s patterns...Show More Summary

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