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Byline: Thomas Pepinsky

Paper money – Russian rubles – shown up close


Russia is about to plunge into financial crisis. How will citizens react?

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, professor Tom Pepinsky writes that Russian president Vladimir Putin doesn’t have good options if he wants to stop a bank run.
 Thomas Pepinsky


The Federal budget's threat to foreign policy



Op-Ed: Americans have overly dramatic view of authoritarianism

Thomas Pepinsky, associate professor of government, writes in this Vox opinion piece that Americans have a "fantastical" and "cartoonish" image of authoritarianism, while life for people living in authoritarian countries is similar to the daily life of many Americans.

 Campaign poster from Malaysia


Professor Pepinsky on Financial Scandals in Malaysia

Malaysia is once again in the midst of a serious political scandal, with the allegation that the government-run investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been used to funnel approximately US$ 700 million to a personal account of Prime Minister Najb Razak, writes Tom Pepinsky, associate professor of government, in this piece.