MONKEY CAGE

Will Ghana’s new e-levy help the economy recover from the pandemic?

Ghana isn’t the only country to try to tax mobile money transactions.

By Richard AidooAugust 10, 2022

How did the Democrats’ major spending bill get off life support?

These four factors made the difference.

By Matthew N. GreenAugust 8, 2022

U.S. banned imports from China’s Xinjiang region. Will Americans object?

When companies promise concrete action on human rights violations, Americans are less likely to support government intervention. This time, there’s a catch.

By Matthew Amengual and Tim BartleyAugust 8, 2022

Three things to know about Kenya’s elections tomorrow

For one thing, ethnicity might matter less – and class more – than in the past.

By Jane (Mango) Angar and Kathleen Klaus August 8, 2022

Will the Democrats’ big bill get past the hurdles of reconciliation?

From the ‘Byrd bath’ to the ‘vote-a-rama,’ here’s what’s happening with the Inflation Reduction Act.

By Sarah BinderAugust 6, 2022

The Kansas abortion vote, in one graph

Turnout and timing proved critical to Tuesday's voting.

By Nathaniel BirkheadAugust 6, 2022

Kenya’s democracy needs more than campaigns to end vote-buying

Voters attending rallies often expect to receive T-shirts, small amounts of money or other gifts.

By Prisca Jöst and Ellen LustAugust 5, 2022

No, Batman didn’t save the Congo, and other book reviews

Three new books set the record straight on the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By Laura SeayAugust 5, 2022

Kansans voted to protect abortion rights. Why?

Voters don’t like changing constitutions — and often aren’t as conservative as state legislators tend to assume.

By Zoe Nemerever August 4, 2022

50 years ago, Uganda ordered its entire Asian population to leave

A new data set explores mass expulsions around the world.

By Meghan GarrityAugust 4, 2022

A third party could be successful. But probably not this one.

To attract voters, a party has to stand for something. What would the Forward Party do in office?

By Seth MasketAugust 3, 2022

Taiwanese people will be reassured by Pelosi’s visit, research says

A high-level visit might boost confidence in U.S. security commitments.

By Yao-Yuan Yeh, Fang-Yu Chen, Austin Horng-En Wang and Charles K.S. WuAugust 2, 2022

Liz Cheney is extremely conservative. That won’t win over conservatives.

Donald Trump could change the meaning of "conservative" because ideological labels are group identities as much as reasoned political beliefs.

By Eric Groenendyk, Erik Kimbrough, Yphtach Lelkes and Mark PickupAugust 2, 2022

Can the NPT fulfill its promise to eliminate nuclear weapons?

Latin American countries will push again for nuclear disarmament at this month’s review conference.

By J. Luis RodriguezAugust 1, 2022

Nigeria’s harsh police culture grew from colonial abuses

Akali Omeni’s new book “Policing and Politics in Nigeria: A Comprehensive History” explains why this culture persists.

By Travis B. CurticeJuly 29, 2022

Shinzo Abe’s death reveals complex story of discrimination and xenophobia

In forging a new Japanese identity after the war, the government excluded some groups — and embraced conservative religious organizations.

By Michael Orlando SharpeJuly 27, 2022

Thousands of nontraditional fighters have joined the Ukraine war

That puts civilians at risk, research shows

By Andrew Bell and Katherine KramerJuly 27, 2022

A German word for how others see Germany’s gas crisis: Schadenfreude

If Germany had been nicer to Mediterranean countries when they needed help, they might be nicer now in return.

By Matthias MatthijsJuly 26, 2022

It’s not just Manchin. Here’s why Congress struggles to pass climate bills.

These three deeper issues make it very hard to act on climate, specifically.

By Sarah BinderJuly 26, 2022