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In a first, House Democrats elected a Black leader. Here’s what that means.

Hakeem Jeffries will be the next House minority leader. That could affect national politics in these four ways.

By Jennifer R. Garcia , Katherine Tate and Christopher StoutNovember 30, 2022
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For the first time, women will hold these four key congressional jobs

Women will lead the House and Senate appropriations committees in a highly contentious time. Will they do their jobs any differently than men might?

By Michele L. Swers November 30, 2022
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Why protesters are targeting Xi Jinping for China’s ‘zero covid’ failures

Protests across China reveal the depth of anger and frustration over strict government lockdown policies

By Jeremy WallaceNovember 30, 2022
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80 countries just signed a declaration on protecting civilians in war

If it's not a binding treaty, how can it influence military action? Here's what research tells us.

By Naomi Egel November 29, 2022
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Chinese protesters are out in record numbers. What changed?

Five typical grievances tend to ignite street protests in China. Before the weekend, there was little overlap between the various strands of protest.

By William HurstNovember 28, 2022
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Malawi’s VP was arrested for corruption. There’s more to the story.

Malawians have seen tensions between their presidents and VPs before. They may be somewhat cynical about government attempts to fight corruption.

By Kim Yi DionneNovember 27, 2022
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Why are Germans losing enthusiasm for helping Ukraine?

It’s not just about energy costs, our research finds. Germans have a deep cultural aversion toward military intervention.

By Yehonatan Abramson, Dean Dulay , Anil Menon and Pauline JonesNovember 25, 2022
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What Middle East scholars really think about boycotting Israel

The latest Middle East Scholars Barometer survey explored this contentious issue — and more

By Shibley Telhami and Marc LynchNovember 22, 2022
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Ukraine accuses Russia of torture. Here’s how to prosecute those crimes.

International courts aren’t the only routes to justice. Ukraine’s allies can use their own courts to investigate.

By Alyson Reynolds, Elijah Tsai and Kelebogile ZvobgoNovember 22, 2022
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Qatar is taking the heat for FIFA corruption

Investigations into FIFA actions reveal the global soccer organization has a long history of bribery and money-laundering. Will that change?

By Dan HoughNovember 20, 2022
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Groundhogs, ‘Split (Pt. 1)’: The Week In One Song

A split congressional decision.

By Christopher FedericoNovember 18, 2022
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Yale Law School pulled out of the U.S. News rankings. Here’s why.

Law school deans have compared the rankings to a roach infestation, and wished that al Qaeda would target U.S. News

By Henry FarrellNovember 18, 2022
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Can Putin survive Russia’s losses in Ukraine?

Russia’s defeat is starting to look inevitable. Here’s what that means for Putin and his inner circle.

By Ivan Gomza and Graeme RobertsonNovember 18, 2022
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Liberal Democrats are more hawkish than you might think

They’re the ones who endorse military support for Ukraine, Taiwan, and other places when there’s a threat to human rights or democracy, our research finds.

By Dina Smeltz and Emily SullivanNovember 18, 2022
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Ethiopia’s peace may depend on post-conflict plans for Tigray soldiers

Successfully demobilizing and reintegrating rebels could help Ethiopia avoid further conflict, the research shows

By Sally SharifNovember 18, 2022
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Israeli elections have become a referendum on Netanyahu

After five elections in four years, how do Israelis view democracy?

By Clareta Treger and Liron LaviNovember 17, 2022
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Yes, McCarthy is still House Republican leader. Who’s the new GOP whip?

Congressional leadership elections can have surprising results.

By Matthew Green and Douglas HarrisNovember 17, 2022
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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s supporters don’t care what critics think

If Trump picks her as his running mate, she’ll have a bigger platform. And Republican leaders can’t dent her approval.

By Victor Wu November 17, 2022
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Russia now says it must ‘de-Satanize’ Ukraine. What?

The Kremlin seems to be trolling for support among U.S. voters on the far right.

By Chonlawit SirikuptNovember 17, 2022
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After the explosion in Poland, will NATO go to war with Russia? Probably not.

Here’s what the NATO treaty actually does — and doesn’t — require.

By Stacie E. Goddard November 16, 2022