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by Michael Bluhm

Russian Roulette

What’s Vladimir Putin trying to accomplish by cutting off gas supplies to Europe? Samantha Gross on Moscow’s energy-blackmail scheme amid “the first global natural-gas crisis.”
Economy 13 min read
by Graham Vyse

Erasure

How bad is the Taliban’s recent clampdown on women? Heather Barr on a new catastrophe for human rights in Afghanistan.
Democracy 8 min read
by Michael Bluhm

Face of the Party

Is the U.S. Republican Party still unified behind Donald Trump? Rachel Blum on the challenge of interpreting new primary-election results and signs of change in elite opinion.
Democracy 15 min read
by Graham Vyse

Trigger Laws

How does the end of a right to abortion change the politics of the issue in the U.S.? Joshua C. Wilson on state legislatures, activist networks, and ambiguity in the American public.
Democracy 11 min read
by Michael Bluhm

Laboratories of Democracy

Why are two opposing legal systems forming in the United States? Philip Rocco on how networks of Democratic and Republican activists are reshaping America at the state level.
Democracy 8 min read
by Graham Vyse

In the Chamber

What is happening with the U.S. Supreme Court? Christopher W. Schmidt on an unprecedented moment in the history of the American judiciary.
Democracy 10 min read
by Michael Bluhm

Putin’s Dreams

What did he hope to get out of the war? Anatol Lieven on nationalist ambitions, historical narratives, and Moscow’s fraught relationship with the West.
Democracy 10 min read
by Graham Vyse

Centrifuge

Why is the far right winning ground in France? Marc Weitzmann on how fear and national trauma are shaping the politics of the Fifth Republic.
Democracy 10 min read
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