Just days after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban seized power. Hager Ali argues that the US army and its allies foundered because they couldn't resolve two simple questions: What was Resolute Supportâ€™s end state actually supposed to look like? And was it ever attainable through military involvement? Read more
Why does the United States have such a persistently poor record on gender equality? Rachel Bernhard looks beyond the stereotypes at political outcomes within groups to understand when, where, and how inequality persists Read more
To understand the storming of the US Capitol, we must consider its possible roots in economic inequality. This, along with economic elites' ability to transform material wealth into political clout, have contributed to record political polarisation in the US today, writes Alberto Parmigiani Read more
In Trumpâ€™s second impeachment trial, â€˜truthâ€™ never really mattered, writes Ruairidh Brown. Regardless of the facts or evidence presented, the endurance of a post-truth climate guaranteed he would be acquitted regardless Read more
An absence of ideological universalism means that China-US relations have so far managed to escape a Cold War situation, writes Ruairidh Brown. With Bidenâ€™s promise of a value-centred American Foreign Policy, this could be about to change Read more
The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy â€“ not least the riot at the US Capitol and the presidentâ€™s refusal to accept the results of the November election, withâ€¯Republican support.â€¯Rachel Gisselquist argues that clientelism is yet another reason to worry Read more
Joe Biden won the American presidential election, but by such a narrow margin that, when combined with the outcome of the congressional elections, and especially the possibility of a Republican-controlled Senate, his power to achieve much is likely to be severely constrained, writes Richard Johnson Read more
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