MONKEY CAGE

Analysis

Bulgaria is no closer to a stable government after Sunday’s elections

Four things to know about Bulgaria’s fourth election in 18 months.

By Emilia Zankina and Tim Haughton October 4, 2022
Analysis

In El Salvador and elsewhere, leaders find ways to break term limits

When leaders bend the rules to stay in power, it’s a red flag for democracy.

By Erica Frantz, Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Joseph WrightOctober 4, 2022
Analysis

What influences the Supreme Court? Here’s what we learned.

Amicus briefs language shows up in the justices' final decisions. Lawyers’ experience makes a big difference as well.

By Morgan L.W. Hazelton and Rachael K. Hinkle October 3, 2022
Analysis

Iranian women have been protesting mandatory hijab for decades

Both outside and within Iran’s government, women have been strategizing for this moment. So why did the movement catch fire now?

By Mona TajaliOctober 3, 2022
Analysis

Bolsonaro has tried to load the dice for today’s election in Brazil

Will the government’s cash handouts and changes to the rules boost his reelection chances?

By Fernando BizzarroOctober 2, 2022
Analysis

Why are so many police and military candidates running in Brazil?

For Brazilian voters, crime and violence are top concerns. But the jump in law enforcement officials across the ballot may not ease the high homicide rate.

By Isabel LaterzoOctober 2, 2022
Analysis

The Clash, ‘The Call Up’: The Week In One Song

Mobilization and resistance in Russia.

By Christopher FedericoSeptember 30, 2022
Analysis

Iran’s security forces have little incentive to ease up on protesters

Whether Iran's security forces grappling with a wave of protests remain loyal to the regime might depend on their business networks, research suggests.

By Roya IzadiSeptember 30, 2022
Analysis

Why have so many Americans come to mistrust the Supreme Court?

It’s not only because the justices are making unpopular decisions. Here's what to know as the new term opens.

By Paul M. Collins Jr. and Artemus WardSeptember 30, 2022
Analysis

Win or lose, progressive challengers have influenced the Democrats’ agenda

When ‘primaried’ by progressives, Democratic incumbents shift further left, my research finds.

By Amelia MalpasSeptember 30, 2022
Analysis

Will misinformation keep Latinos from voting in the midterms?

That depends in part on where they get their news. Here’s what my research found.

By Yamil Ricardo Velez September 30, 2022
Analysis

Italy’s new leader faces familiar problems, including fickle voters

Giorgia Meloni’s popularity may not hold — and she doesn’t have much freedom to change policy.

By Mark GilbertSeptember 28, 2022
Analysis

Puerto Rico’s electricity problems go beyond Maria and Fiona

Puerto Ricans face higher electricity bills — but see few improvements that make the power grid more resilient to storms.

By Fernando Tormos-Aponte, Mary Angelica Painter and Sameer H. ShahSeptember 28, 2022
Analysis

Report exposes U.N. camp abuses, but research shows justice is elusive

An investigative report has exposed abuses in a U.N. camp in South Sudan, but research highlights the challenges facing abuse victims seeking justice.

By Audrey L. Comstock September 28, 2022
Analysis

We know free school lunches help. What else would end hunger?

The White House is looking for solutions with this week’s Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

By Clare BrockSeptember 27, 2022
Analysis

Is Putin vulnerable? One autocracy in Russia may lead to another.

Here’s what we know about how autocratic regimes die.

By Kathryn StonerSeptember 27, 2022
Analysis

Redistricting commissions draw fairer districts than politicians do

The nonpartisan commissions create fairer, more competitive districts than politicians. But will the Supreme Court rule that this is a job for legislatures?

By Christopher Warshaw , Eric McGhee and Michal MigurskiSeptember 27, 2022
Analysis

Pakistan has a narrow window to boost climate resilience

This year’s floods are only part of Pakistan’s larger environmental crisis. Good governance at the local level might be one path forward.

By Erum A. HaiderSeptember 27, 2022
Analysis

China and India weren’t critical of Putin’s war. Did that change?

Neither country was inclined to defend a global order that denies their status aspirations, but disruptions caused by Putin's war may be forcing a rethink.

By Rohan MukherjeeSeptember 26, 2022
Analysis

Hawkwind, ‘Psi Power’: The Week in One Song

The rise of psychic declassification.

By Christopher FedericoSeptember 23, 2022