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Life in Soft Authoritarian Regimes

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On January 6, 2017
Much of my academic work concerns the nature and dynamics of empires. There was a point, during the Bush Administration, when I came to a realization. Whether or not it made sense to call the United States an empire, daily life in was not really all that different than it would be in an imperial […]

The Warhead Gap!

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On December 24, 2016

Trump’s call for more nuclear weapons, reported NBC News, “boggle[d] nuclear experts“: While President Barack Obama has proposed a multibillion-dollar plan to modernize the aging U.S

Shakezula posted on the Washington Post story last night, and Scott beat me to it today. There’s nothing surprising in the general contours of the emerging reports: Russian agents and organs tried to influence the election. The goal wasn’t simply to undermine faith in American institutions but also to help Trump. We know that because, among […]

The People Had Their Say

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On December 2, 2016

Remember when the Republican Senate shredded the only norm—luck of timing—that stands between the Supreme Court’s standing as an institution and the implications of its complete politicizati

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