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We have a civics education crisis – and deep divisions on how to solve it

Commentary in the Washington Post: Americans have never agreed about what should be taught when it comes to our nation’s history and government, which has real implications for schoolchildren.
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The U.S. should deter — not provoke — Beijing over Taiwan. Here’s how.

What will fundamentally change the calculus between the U.S. and China? Jessica Chen Weiss analyzes the situation in The Washington Post.
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Why protesters are targeting Xi Jinping for China’s ‘zero covid’ failures

Simmering anger at Beijing’s “zero covid” restrictions exploded over the past few days, writes Jeremy Lee Wallace, associate professor of government, in Washington Post commentary.
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Will Biden and Trump face off again in 2024?

In Washington Post commentary, Roper Center director Peter K. Enns bucks conventional polling by asking Americans to name who they would like to see on the ticket, a technique that has proved remarkably accurate.
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The ‘great replacement’ theory rises again, ending in tragedy

History shows that ethnic and racial diversity has proved to be renewal, not replacement, writes Glenn Altschuler in Washington Post commentary.
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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.
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Tunisia’s president threatened the judicial system. What do Tunisians think about these power grabs?

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Alexandra Blackman, assistant professor of government, writes that a new survey reveals support for Tunisian President Kais Saied — but also support for democracy.
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More Americans than usual have been changing parties. Why?

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Landon Schnabel anticipates many predictions about the outcomes of upcoming U.S. midterm elections — but not much about voters switching political parties.
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What happens now to U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan?

Sarah Kreps, professor of government, writes in this Washington Post piece that a lack of accountability for civilian casualties in drone strikes isn’t likely to change.
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What 9/11 taught us about the president, Congress and who makes war and peace

In this op-ed, Prof. Douglas Kriner reflects on the lessons learned about war powers in the U.S. since 9/11.
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Owen Yancher, Creative Commons license 4.0 Voters line up outside a Voter Assistance Center in Davis, California to cast their votes early in the 2020 General Election.


Voter suppression started way before Jim Crow. It’s a longstanding American tradition.

David A. Bateman, associate professor of government, writes in the Washington Post that a new law passed by the Georgia legislature that would restrict access to voting is part of a nationwide push among Republicans to curtail ballot access, the latest wave of efforts to restrict voting, dating back to the 2000s.
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China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers?

Jeremy Lee Wallace, associate professor in the government department, suggests in an opinion piece for the Washington Post that China may be distorting the data in its fight against coronavirus.

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In South Carolina, Democrats debated when a dictator is really a dictator. So what’s the answer?

After the focus on dictatorships in the South Carolina democratic debate on Tuesday, Valerie Bunce, the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and government professor at Cornell, and Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, discuss differing types of dictatorship and authoritarian regimes

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An Indian nuclear power plant suffered a cyberattack. Here’s what you need to know.

Debak Das, a doctoral candidate in the field of political science, writes in this Washington Post news piece about the circumstances surrounding the most recent cyberattack on the largest Indian nuclear power plant.

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How I discovered a dozen new Lou Reed songs

In this Washington Post opinion piece, Judith Peraino, music professor, describes her amazing discovery of unknown Lou Reed songs at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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Opinion: Why President Trump used lynching as a metaphor

Lawrence B. Glickman, the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History, recently wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post discussing the historical origins of President Trump's use of the phrase "lynching" in a recent tweet concerning the impeachment inquiry.

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Trump thinks racist rhetoric will help him in 2020. The data suggest otherwise.

Political scientists Peter Enns and Jonathon P. Schuldt explain in this Washington Post op-ed that although President Trump believes race-baiting will help him gain a second term, their data suggests this approach won't work. 

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What’s the response in China to the trade war?

Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, writes in this Washington Post opinion piece that even though China is rolling out nationalist propaganda in reaction to increased U.S. trade sanctions, Chinese leaders may actually be willing to find creative solutions for the current trade impasse.

Still, she says, there are signs that anti-U.S. protests could begin.

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Rediscovering the lives of the enslaved people who freed themselves

History professor Edward Baptist and other co-founders of the Freedom on the Move digital project, which aims to recover, collect and share the stories of fugitive slaves, write about their work in this Washington Post piece. 

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Trump’s emergency declaration doesn’t show his power. It shows his weakness.

Government Professor Douglas Kriner joins colleague Josh Chafetz, a Cornell Law School professor, to write this opinion piece in The Washington Post about President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration and the contention it is a signal of his authoritarian impulses. 

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The left is pushing Democrats to embrace their greatest president. Why that’s a good thing.

Historian Lawrence Glickman writes in this Washington Post piece that "nearly a century after President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his effort to revive the American economy through government programs, Democrats are once again becoming fans of Roosevelt and his legacy."

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Almost half of U.S. adults have seen a family member jailed, study shows

A study by a Cornell research team that included Peter Enns is featured in this Washington Post story about incarceration rates in the U.S. 

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How Southern politicians defended white supremacy — and made the South poorer

Assistant Professor David Bateman writes with colleagues in this Washingon Post opinion piece about Southern politics before the Civil Rights movement and how the South paid a huge price for its commitment to white supremacy.



Why Trump’s immigration rhetoric may not help Republicans at the polls

Peter Enns, associate professor of government and executive director of the Roper Center and Jonathon Schuldt, associate professor of communication and a faculty affiliate at the Roper Center, studied whether Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric would help or hurt Republicans going into today's elections and report

 Jessica Chen Weiss


The Trump administration wrongly assumed China would capitulate in a trade war. What happens now?

In this Washington Post opinion piece, Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, and David. A Lake, professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, discuss the recent trade war that the Trump Administration has instigated with China.

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Trump's political base is weaker than it seems, new study finds

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Congress has three tools to counter Trump on Russia

Government Professor Douglas Kriner writes in this Washington Post opinion piece that Congress has a role to play in reining in a "wayward president."

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Should the U.S. worry about meddling in Mexico’s July presidential race?

This Washington Post opinion piece written by Gustavo A. Flores-Macías, associate professor of government, contends that Mexico is an easy target for electoral interference, but that interference most likely won't come from outside the country.



Americans feel a moral obligation to help humanitarian victims (like those in Syria) with military force

In this Washington Post editorial, Sarah Kreps, associate professor of government, and colleague Sarah Maxey, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, discuss research that indicates that President Donald Trump's humanitarian rhetoric about the recent attacks in Syria can persuade the public to support military action –

 Associate professor of government Jeremy Lee Wallace.


Is Xi Jinping now a ‘leader for life,’ like Mao?

Jeremy Wallace, associate professor of government, writes in this Washington Post op-ed that China's proposed constitution revisions to drop the two-term limit for president Xi Jinping has dangerous implications. 

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Government professor comments on new Liberian president

Sabrina Karim, assistant professor of government, breaks down some of the issues surrounding Liberia's new president, former football star George Weah, in this Washington Post story.

 Sarah Kreps


Should the U.S. try to deter cyberattacks by promising nuclear retaliation?

Sarah Kreps, associate professor of government, wrote a recent article in The Washington Post examines the idea of nuclear retaliation on a country that launches major cyberattacks on crtical U.S. infrastructure. 

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Germany’s far-right party AfD won the Facebook battle. By a lot.

Graduate students Thomas Davidson and Julius Lagodny report on their research into social media use by Alternative for Germany (AfD)in this Washington Post opinion piece.

The pair, who are studying in the fields of sociology and government, undertook the project to determine whether the party's social media use helped it to win 12.6 percent of seats in Germany's recent parliamentary elections, a number that surprised many.

 Richard Miller


Learning from libertarianism: Thanks from an unrepentant social democrat

Richard Miller, the Hutchinson Professor in Ethics and Public Life in the Sage School of Philosophy, writes in this Washington Post op-ed that understanding the philosophy of libertarianism provides a basis for abandoning libertarianism. 



The spacecraft that found for the first time where life could exist now

Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and director of Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University, writes in this Washington Post opinion piece about his work as a scientist on the Cassini mission for the past 27 years.

 Sarah Kreps


Congress keeps quiet on U.S. drone policy - and that's a big problem

Sarah Kreps, associate professor of government, writes in this Washington Post op-ed that U.S. drone strikes raise legal questions about international and domestic law, and suggests without Congressional intervention, the “drone war on terrorism may become a war without end”.
 Jamila Michener


People who get Medicaid are made to feel powerless

In this Washington Post opinion piece, Jamila Michener, assistant professor of government, writes about her research, which shows that people on Medicaid often feel powerless and therefore disengage in politics.

 Filiz Garip


Immigration policy isn't just borders and fences. It's trade and aid, too.

In, "Immigration policy isn't just borders and fences. It's trade in aid, too," Filiz Garip analyzes some of the factors that bring immigrants from Mexico to the United States.