Peter Trubowitz

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    Trump’s reactions to the George Floyd protests are a provocative display of presidential overreach

Trump’s reactions to the George Floyd protests are a provocative display of presidential overreach

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On May 25th in in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd was killed while being arrested by police. His death has sparked a wave of protests against policy brutality in the US and across the world. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that President Trump’s subsequent vow to ‘dominate’ the protestors will not reassure most Americans as more and […]

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    Are US and Chinese leaders passing the stress test posed by the Covid-19 crisis? 

Are US and Chinese leaders passing the stress test posed by the Covid-19 crisis? 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought tensions between the US and China to the fore. In this interview, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that the crisis has reinforced the view that the US is too dependent on Chinese-based supply chains, and highlighted the United States’ lack of leadership in the world under President Trump’s ‘America First’ policies.

Has the pandemic accelerated the breakdown of relations between the US […]

Super Tuesday was a great night for Joe Biden

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Yesterday, voters in 14 states and American Samoa voted for their choice to be the Democratic Party’s nominee to face President Trump in the 2020 presidential election. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that former Vice President Joe Biden had a very good night, having taken the lead in the pledged delegate count. We may now see […]

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    The Las Vegas Democratic debate: Warren wins as Bloomberg is cut down to size

The Las Vegas Democratic debate: Warren wins as Bloomberg is cut down to size

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Last night the Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas to debate ahead of the Nevada caucuses later this week. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was the biggest winner from the debate after her pointed attacks on former New York Mayor, Mike Bloomberg. At this stage, the Democratic field remains muddled, […]

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    In killing Soleimani, Trump has chosen tactics over strategy in the Middle East 

In killing Soleimani, Trump has chosen tactics over strategy in the Middle East 

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On January 2nd 2020, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike against his convoy at Baghdad Airport. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that it appears that there was little or no strategy behind Trump’s decision on the attack: it has not sown political divisions in Iran, and there is little appetite in Washington DC for further escalation.
Was killing Soleimani a huge miscalculation […]

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    Why Senate Republican leadership may not run Donald Trump’s impeachment trial the way he likes. 

Why Senate Republican leadership may not run Donald Trump’s impeachment trial the way he likes. 

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With the US House of Representatives’ vote to impeach President Trump, the process now moves to the Senate for trial. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that while the President is keen to hear from many witnesses in his trial, Senate Republicans may want to get things over with quickly, with little evidence taking.
President Trump says that “poll numbers have […]

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    As impeachment hearings begin, Trump’s approval ratings may determine whether Republicans stay or break with the President.

As impeachment hearings begin, Trump’s approval ratings may determine whether Republicans stay or break with the President.

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Yesterday, the US House Intelligence Committee began its first public hearings into impeaching President Donald Trump, with Ambassador Bill Taylor’s testimony suggesting that Trump was more involved with pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden than he had previously claimed. US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that as these hearings continue, Trump’s approval ratings will be […]

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    What’s next after Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment announcement?

What’s next after Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment announcement?

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Nancy This week, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced that House Democrats would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, following allegations that he pressured the President of Ukraine to investigate potential Democratic 2020 candidate, Joe Biden. US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, looks at why Pelosi has made this decision after resisting […]

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    Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

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This week President Trump is in the UK for an official state visit. LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz comments that despite promises of a ‘very good’ trade deal with the UK post-Brexit, Trump can’t guarantee anything without the support of the Democratically-held House of Representatives. 
Why is President Trump coming to London?
Certainly, it’s not to get anything done on […]

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    Will Dysfunctional Politics Finally End the American Century?

Will Dysfunctional Politics Finally End the American Century?

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The United States has dominated international politics since the end of the Second World War. And while it retains tremendous wealth and military strength, the domestic hyper-partisanship which has characterized the post-Cold War era is draining the country’s ‘usable power’ argue Peter Trubowitz and Peter Harris.

Can the United States continue to shape international politics as it has done for the […]

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