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Open Letter to the Biden Administration on the Need for a Pandemic Pivot

It’s urgent not to return to the previous status quo. It’s time for creative thinking and bold action.
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Knives Out: Boycott, Purge, and Prosecute

The ForeverTrumpers are challenging the Constitution. They should be penalized for their efforts.
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Biden’s Approach to North Korea and the NPT Option

How about turning North Korea’s nuclear weapons into solar panels?
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America’s Destructive Denialisms

The refusal of tens of millions of Americans to recognize the election results is part of a much larger denialism — of COVID-19, of climate change, and U.S. decline.
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Biden Won’t Reset U.S. Foreign Policy On His Own

Biden's foreign policy team matters less than the world they inherit, policies they pursue, and the pressure they get from progressives.
Zombie Trump, his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka were seen at the 10th annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk

Who Needs Zombies When We Have Republicans?

How else would you describe Americans who deny a pandemic that’s killed 250,000 people and the election that repudiated Trump?
Hillary Clinton makes a pointing gesture as she delivers a speech at a campaign event with US president Barack Obama

The Return of the Goldilocks Apocalypse

There’s no returning to normal after Donald Trump.
The Biden and Trump administration's will be like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

America Rejoins the World?

It simply doesn’t make a lot of sense to entrust leadership to a country with a severe personality disorder.
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U.S. Democracy: The Four-Year Rule?

American democracy is in rough shape. It’s going to take more than this election to set it right.
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This Election Is About Trump’s Pandemic Failures. But What Happens Next?

It’s going to take more than a change of personnel in Washington to address our decaying climate, public health, and democracy. But it’s not too late.
People carrying signs at a Trump is not my President rally against President elect Donald Trump

People to Autocrats: Not So Fast

Authoritarianism has been on the march for years, but people powered revolutions are pushing regimes toward democracy on nearly every continent.
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A Pandemic Pivot

COVID-19 is an early alert for more serious global crises. So far, the international community has failed — but it’s not too late.
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The Pandemic Pivot

Experts from the frontlines of global policy tackle the implications of COVID-19.
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America’s New Policy of Demoting Democracy

Trump has put a stop to democracy promotion. Will democracy put a stop to Trump?
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Nukes and North Korea: A New Direction?

North Korea’s nuclear program is a regional issue. It requires a regional response.
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Donald Trump Makes the Swamp Bigger

Donald Trump brought a whole new world of corruption to Washington.
A surplus white man?

The Problem of Surplus White Men

Dispossessed white men have haunted Western politics for generations. The answer isn’t to jettison “identity politics” — it’s to create truly meaningful new opportunities.
Yellowstone militia members protest government shutdown in April 2020

Donald Trump’s Real Mob Connections

Will the November election be decided in the streets?
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America’s Global Reputation Isn’t Bouncing Back Anytime Soon

Even if Trump loses, his administration may have permanently damaged our standing abroad. But there’s a silver lining: it makes Trumpism an ideological dead-end.
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Trump’s Scorched-Earth Doctrine

Trump is doing whatever he can to make it impossible for his successor to resolve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

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In the News

America First

94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018

Will North Korea and the US Find Trust?

Sputnik News | May 4, 2018

Najib Razak: A Kleptocrat Skilled at the Game

Asia Sentinel | April 6, 2018

US Soldiers "Waging Peace" in Exhbition

Vietnam News | March 19, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 18, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 17, 2018

No nation-building in Afghanistan? Easier said than done, experts say

The Greenfield (MA) Recorder | August 22, 2017