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The Monkey Cage: May, 2014

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Measurement and management: The VA scandal

The VA scandal should show the president that keeping track of measurements means pro-active management.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  04:22 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Management, OMB, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 05/30/2014

The far right in the 2014 European elections: Of earthquakes, cartels and designer fascists

The European Elections were not the watershed victory for the far right that the media makes them out to be.

By Cas Mudde  |  03:58 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Elections

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Who’s afraid of killer robots? (and why)

A new survey illustrates that Americans who oppose automated weapons systems do so mostly for moral reasons while supporters emphasize pragmatic considerations

By Charli Carpenter  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Killer robots

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/30/2014

‘Tired of Waiting’: The week in one song

The VA scandal, in one song.

By Christopher Federico  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Why there’s no winner in Malawi’s election

Malawi’s Electoral Commission has yet to announce a winner, and the country experiences tension as it waits.

By Kim Yi Dionne  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Report

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Is India following in Pakistan’s footsteps?

The recent Indian elections mirror the outcomes of Pakistan’s polls in 2013. Are the successes of Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi the outcomes of similar politics?

By Adnan Naseemullah and Gilles Verniers  |  12:38 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Why does government fail so often?

A new book details government’s failings, and how it can do better.

By John Sides  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Five questions on regulating for-profit colleges

New rules threaten to impose higher standards on public subsidies that the multibillion-dollar for-profit college sector relies on.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Polarization, Policy

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Iran’s delicate nuclear consensus

U.S. domestic constraints are well understood in the nuclear negotiations, but what about Iran’s?

By Farzan Sabet and Aaron Stein  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Nuclear Weapons

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 05/29/2014

A constitutional amendment wouldn’t really limit the power of money in politics

Changes in the media, the dynamics of elections, and the purposes of political spending suggest that reformers should focus on more modest reforms.

By Mark Schmitt  |  09:51 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Will Thailand’s dramatic coup actually fix anything?

Coups can promote democracy, but the most recent coup in Thailand isn’t likely to help.

By John Sides  |  09:28 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thailand

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 05/28/2014

Foreign fighters don’t always help

Syria is attracting record numbers of foreign fighters, but the record suggests that they might do their cause more harm than good.

By Kristin M. Bakke  |  10:29 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Thailand’s cybercoup

Thailand’s coup includes an important online component as well. Can it succeed?

By Aim Sinpeng  |  05:35 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Covering only a part of war

A new study of the accuracy of coverage of violence in Afghanistan shows that the media misses a lot. But does it matter?

By Nils B. Weidmann  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Conflict, Media, Violence

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 05/27/2014

The NSA Freedom Act?

The USA Freedom Act may mostly provide more freedom (of action) for the NSA.

By H.L. Pohlman  |  01:31 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Are there lessons from Pakistan for future of fighting in Ukraine?

Russia’s strategy in Ukraine has a lot in common with one used by Pakistan almost 50 years ago. The problem is, that crisis is still not resolved either.

By Yelena Biberman  |  12:27 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/27/2014

Take this quiz and see if you can pick the ‘gerrymandered’ redistricting plan

There’s more to districts than meets the eye.

By John Sides  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/27/2014

Racism is a framework, not a theory

We can think of racism not a scientific theory but as a way of understanding the world.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Racism

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 05/27/2014

The Middle East quasi-state system

Skyes-Picot’s Middle East might not be dead, but they’d have a hard time recognizing what’s happened to the borders they drew.

By Ariel I. Ahram  |  09:48 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Lebanon, Syria

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/26/2014

The power to condemn elections?

When elections are structurally unfair — as in Egypt’s presidential election — should international election observers bother to go?

By Susan Hyde  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Elections, Observers

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 05/26/2014

Are European parliamentarians responsive to their voters?

An experimental study finds that members of the European Parliament are much less likely to respond to voter e-mails than similar studies found for American legislators.

By Catherine E. de Vries  |  10:12 AM ET, 05/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Elections

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Exit polls and crowd-sourced results have Wilders losing in European elections

Exit polls and crowdsourced unofficial results show that Wilders has lost ground in the Dutch European elections, although low turnout may cloud that message.

By Armen Hakhverdian  |  03:41 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Elections

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/23/2014

‘New Europeans’: The week in one song

European Parliament voting begins.

By Christopher Federico  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/23/2014

The gremlins did it? Iffy statistics drive strong policy recommendations

An influential study claimed that global warming had positive economic effects. Now that claim has been revised.

By Andrew Gelman  |  01:30 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Global warming, Methodology

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Are European elections ever about Europe?

This weekend’s European Parliamentary election in Slovenia is a dress rehearsal for forthcoming national elections.

By Tim Haughton and Alenka Krasovec  |  01:26 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Elections

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Narenda Modi is confronting his first challenge. Here’s what he’s likely to do.

Here’s how Modi may deal with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

By Paul Staniland  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Location, location, location: Measuring public opinion in Ukraine’s regions

When discussing public opinion by region in Ukraine, which region you discuss is important.

By Ralph S. Clem  |  05:59 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  geography, Ukraine, Voting

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Can we boost small donors’ participation in elections? Should we?

Is it possible to convince Americans who don’t typically donate to campaigns to actually do so?

By Seth Masket  |  04:29 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 05/22/2014

How VA scandals have made the VA better

If today’s VA scandal is like scandals at the VA in years past, it might just lead to better care for veterans.

By Colin Moore  |  03:56 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans Affairs

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/22/2014

How (not) to talk about climate change

How the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change overstates the uncertainty about climate change in its communication strategy.

By Michaël Aklin and Johannes Urpelainen  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 05/22/2014

Would an ICC referral have helped Syria?

Russia and China have vetoed referral of alleged Syria atrocities to the International Criminal Court, but it may not matter much.

By Kate Cronin-Furman  |  11:08 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ICC, Syria, Transitional Justice

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Harvey Milk’s legacy

The inauguration of Africa’s first openly gay elected black African reiterates the importance of out LGBT elected officials on the trajectory of gay rights and social tolerance towards homosexuality.

By Andrew Reynolds  |  06:19 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 05/21/2014

The battlefield for party control of the Senate narrows

There are only 8 elections that don’t strongly favor one of the parties.

By Ben Highton  |  11:19 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014

The Obama administration’s deportations could alienate Latinos

Many Latino voters are still up for grabs politically, and deportations could push them away from Democrats.

By John Sides  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Is this the end of Sykes-Picot?

While there is unlikely to be effective governance in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq anytime soon, the borders of the states created by European colonialism in the 1920s are not about to collapse.

By F. Gregory Gause and III  |  04:20 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Lebanon, Ottoman Empire, Sykes-Picot, Syria

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 05/20/2014

India’s elections and the politics of development

Modi and the BJP have become the default political choice of groups of electorates who have remarkably different types of engagement with India’s political and economic system

By Prakash Kashwan  |  01:22 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Can Rob Nabors fix the VA? Here’s what he needs.

Rob Nabors needs four things that only Obama can give him.

By Justin Vaughn  |  11:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Veterans Affairs

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 05/20/2014

How does a drug cartel become a lime cartel?

Margaritas may cost more this summer, and the reason why may surprise you.

By Omar García-Ponce and Andrés Lajous  |  09:34 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cartels, Drugs, Mexico, Political Economy

Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Geithner’s unicorn: Could Congress have done more to relieve the mortgage crisis?

Revisiting “cramdown” politics in the wake of the financial crisis.

By Sarah Binder  |  08:33 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 05/19/2014

On the eve of Malawi’s election

Observations on Tuesday’s poll in Malawi and why “ethnic voting” can’t predict the outcome

By Kim Yi Dionne and Boniface Dulani  |  02:34 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Report

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Waiting for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire? Keep waiting.

Justices rarely hasten their retirement.

By John Sides  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/19/2014

Let the millennials grow up (the apathetic youth, and other myths)

It’s hard to predict the future of the millennial generation.

By Anja Neundorf and Kaat Smets  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Opinion

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/19/2014

Playing high school sports makes women have more children? Not so fast.

A new study on the effects of girls’ sports participation does not convince.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sports

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/19/2014

Here’s how to put everyday citizens in charge of financing campaigns

Introducing the “Government by the People Act.“

By John Sides  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/18/2014

Is Ukraine ready to vote?

In one week, Ukrainians are scheduled to choose the successor to the interim president. How prepared is Ukraine to hold an election?

By Erik Herron  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Report, Ukraine

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 05/16/2014

India’s election isn’t as historic as people think

The BJP’s actual support is lower than its win would suggest.

By Adam Ziegfeld  |  04:11 PM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 05/16/2014

‘Elected’: The week in one song

An electoral landslide in the world’s largest democracy.

By Christopher Federico  |  12:39 PM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 05/16/2014

Replicate it! A proposal to improve the study of political accountability

The benefits of scientific methods can be undermined by academic incentives to publish “groundbreaking” research. A new research funding model is a possible solution.

By Thad Dunning and Susan Hyde  |  11:46 AM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  accountability, research

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 05/16/2014

Republicans have a 77% chance of taking the Senate

A new forecast at Election Lab still shows the GOP favored in 2014.

By John Sides  |  06:32 AM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 05/15/2014

Political exclusion lingers for women in Latin America

Increased women’s representation doesn’t necessarily mean the end of marginalization.

By Jana Morgan  |  08:32 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014

How people in northeast Nigeria protect themselves

When their government can’t protect them, Nigeria’s people find ways to police their own communities.

By Laura Seay  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  African Politics, Nigeria

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014

How we count Senate filibusters and why it matters

It’s so much harder than counting sheep.

By Sarah Binder  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Does a higher minimum wage make people happier?

Countries with higher minimum wages have higher aggregate levels of happiness in comparative survey research.

By Michael Krassa and Benjamin Radcliff  |  04:38 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happiness, minimum wage

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/14/2014

It’s sometimes okay for democracies to pretend that leaks do not happen

New guidelines prohibit government officials from talking about leaked information. While these rules are problematic, many of their critics confuse transparency and democracy.

By Rahul Sagar  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Media, Surveillance

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Is vengefulness driving American foreign policy attitudes?

A desire for retribution helps explain Americans’ support for war, torture and drones strikes.

By Danny Hayes  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Opinion

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 05/14/2014

Five key questions about the European Court of Justice’s Google decision

Even if it doesn’t create a sweeping “right to be forgotten” for European citizens, it is still creating massive headaches for US firms.

By Henry Farrell  |  08:58 AM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe, Information Technology

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 05/14/2014

What influence do women wield in African governments?

Learning about women’s influence in African governance from cabinet portfolios

By Leonardo Arriola and Martha Johnson  |  08:32 AM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 05/13/2014

Lessons from Afghanistan: Warlord politics aren’t always bad for democracy

As political scientist Charles Tilly reminded us years ago, the crafting of democracy is a messy process than can involve unsavory characters. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t working.

By Dipali Mukhopadhyay and Frances Z. Brown  |  09:36 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Democratization, Election Report

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 05/13/2014

Hillary in 2016? Not so fast

What global trends in women’s presidential leadership tell us about the likelihood of a woman president of the U.S.

By Farida Jalalzai  |  08:31 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Pretending that leaked information is secret hurts democratic debate

The government would like to stop officials and former officials from referring to leaked information in public. This creates problems for democratic debate.

By Austin Carson  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nuclear Weapons, Surveillance

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army?

A loss of morale and growing attrition rates may jeopardize the FSA’s ability to continue the fight against Assad’s forces.

By Vera Mironova, Loubna Mrie and Sam Whitt  |  02:40 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free Syrian Army, Syria

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/12/2014

‘Fixing’ campaign finance is only making it worse

Coming in various incarnations over the years, it has been almost uniformly a failure.

By Seth Masket  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance, Colorado, State Legislatures

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/12/2014

A European court ordered Turkey to pay $124 million over 1974 Cyprus invasion. How does this matter?

Here is how a European Court judgment that makes Turkey pay damages for its 1974 invasion of Cyprus could and could not help the negotiations over Northern Cyprus.

By Erik Voeten  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Turkey

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 05/12/2014

How Joni Ernst’s ad about castrating hogs drove the news and her poll numbers

As it often happens in primaries, a single event creates media buzz for a candidate and helps gain attention.

By John Sides  |  11:13 AM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/12/2014

The ICC may not bring justice to Syria

ICC supporters are undoubtedly excited about the prospects of the court’s intervention in Syria. But they need to think very clearly about the costs of another highly politicized referral.

By Mark Kersten  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Criminal Court, Security Council, Syria

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Why weird congressional districts can be good congressional districts

Pretty districts don’t make for good representation.

By John Sides  |  10:18 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Kuwait’s royals are taking their feuds public

Recent public disputes within Kuwait’s ruling family offer a window into contemporary dynamics emerging in the Arab Gulf that might challenge theories of family monarchies.

By Kristin Smith Diwan  |  02:45 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kuwait, Monarchies, Sabah

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Despite problems, Ukrainians favor unity

Russians, however, have different opinions. What does this mean for Putin’s options moving forward?

By Joshua Tucker  |  10:27 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Opinion, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/08/2014

How North Carolina Republicans may be helping Kay Hagan

A Republican governor and state legislature could be an advantage for Hagan.

By Jason Husser  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 05/07/2014

When jihadists learn how to help

Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia is stepping beyond the terrorism box and exporting its local dawa campaigns.

By Aaron Y. Zelin  |  03:33 PM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ansar al-Sharia, Libya

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/07/2014

The Electoral College challenge facing the Republicans in 2016

Here’s why a close popular vote in 2016 favors the Democrats.

By Ben Highton  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/07/2014

What the N.C. Republican primary means for Senate polarization

Thom Tillis’ victory may be good news for Senate polarization

By John Sides  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Why the Senate forecasting models differ

Here are some thoughts on how Election Lab compares to other forecasts.

By John Sides  |  04:15 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Ukraine’s ‘regionalism of convenience’

Eastern Ukraine has been engulfed by separatist protests and violence. This is an escalation of a well-established pattern of using separatism as a tool in power struggles in Ukraine.

By Kataryna Wolczuk  |  02:03 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/06/2014

Five key questions — and answers — about how digital culture is hurting art

“Free culture” advocates promised that the Internet would liberate art and culture. Instead, it’s undermining them.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:10 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Reviews, Social Media

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Introducing Election Lab: The Washington Post’s 2014 midterm forecast

A new feature that provides both data and forecasts for the upcoming 2014 House and Senate elections.

By John Sides  |  12:50 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 05/05/2014

Ukraine and the problem of local warlords

Conditions on the ground in eastern Ukraine are ripe for the emergence of warlords who may end up beyond the control of either Kiev or Moscow.

By Kimberly Marten  |  08:55 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil Conflict, Ukraine

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 05/02/2014

‘Suspect Device’: The week in one song

Ghosts of the Troubles rise in Northern Ireland.

By Christopher Federico  |  04:19 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 05/01/2014

Korean unification now!

Why a deal between the U.S. and China on Korean unification may be more realistic than you would think.

By Andrew Kydd  |  03:38 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 05/01/2014

How should we count the war dead in Syria?

There are vast differences in the estimates of civilian war deaths in Syria. Here is how (not) to make sense of them.

By Laia Balcells, Lionel Beehner and Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl  |  12:02 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 05/01/2014

Opposition in Ukraine: A tale of two maps

Tactics used by the original Euromaidan protesters in Central and Western Ukraine earlier this year have been adopted and modified by current pro-Russian opposition forces in the East.

By Dmitry Gorenburg  |  10:18 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protest, Ukraine

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/01/2014

Donald Sterling shows the separate realities of Democrats and Republicans about race

That divide isn’t too surprising in light of other polls conducted this past year.

By Michael Tesler  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Donald Sterling, Race

Posted at 01:29 AM ET, 05/01/2014

Five key questions — and answers — about the arrest of Gerry Adams

It will surely have important political repercussions, but it may not be the earth-shattering event for Irish politics that some observers believe.

By Henry Farrell  |  01:29 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, Irish politics

 

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