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In this section you can read recent expert commentary from LSE academics on important issues around American Politics and Policy. This section also contains reviews of recent books by LSE academics and book reviews from LSE staff and alumni.

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    Biden’s foreign policy will likely focus on rebuilding bridges with allies, pressing China, and ensuring international relationships benefit Americans again.  

Biden’s foreign policy will likely focus on rebuilding bridges with allies, pressing China, and ensuring international relationships benefit Americans again.  

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As Joe Biden enters the White House as the 46th President of the United States, he faces a number of significant challenges, including tackling COVID-19 and undoing Donald Trump’s divisive legacy both at home and abroad. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes on Biden’s likely foreign policy priorities: rebuilding strategic, economic and political ties with traditional allies; […]

What’s next after President Trump’s second impeachment.

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On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump under the charge of “incitement of insurrection” following last week’s Capitol invasion by Trump’s supporters. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that what happens next depends on how soon Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends impeachment papers to the Senate, whether Senate Majority Leader […]

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    The US Capitol insurrection shows we need to take conspiracy and distrust seriously

The US Capitol insurrection shows we need to take conspiracy and distrust seriously

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Ariel Perkins examines the complex mix of forces behind scenes of insurrection at the heart of US democracy.

As dust settles from the scenes of insurrection that unfolded at the US Capitol Building last Wednesday, one of the prevailing takeaways for domestic commentators is the failure of national security in light of the publicized intentions of the insurrectionist mob. What should […]

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    Pursuing impeachment is the best option for the country right now

Pursuing impeachment is the best option for the country right now

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Last week saw an insurrection at the US Capitol which has been linked to President Trump’s aggressive rhetoric around the 2020 election result. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that the best option for the country is for Democrats is to pursue President Trump’s impeachment with an allied goal of convincing Republicans to agree […]

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    What US policymakers can learn from how the EU tackles poverty among single-parent families  

What US policymakers can learn from how the EU tackles poverty among single-parent families  

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Nearly a quarter of children in the US live in a single-parent family, and a substantial number of these families experience in-work and unemployment-related poverty. Amanda Sheely and Laurie Maldonado look at what lessons US policymakers can learn from the European Union to improve the lives of single parents, such as supporting them back into employment where possible and introducing policies which support the roles of both parents.

The situation of single […]

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    How Joe Biden can restore normalcy to US politics after four years of Donald Trump.

How Joe Biden can restore normalcy to US politics after four years of Donald Trump.

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On Saturday, following several days of vote counting in key states which followed Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden was declared to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election. LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz looks at the three main political challenges which President Elect Biden is likely to face, and whether Trump’s populist politics still […]

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    Tonight’s election debate may be Trump’s last chance to close the polling gap with Biden.

Tonight’s election debate may be Trump’s last chance to close the polling gap with Biden.

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Tonight President Donald Trump and former Vice President, Joe Biden, will meet for the final election debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that the debate is an important moment for Trump. Facing a large polling gap as the election nears, the president now needs to convince undecided […]

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    Trump can’t run on his economic or COVID-19 record. Now, he’s banking on his “law and order” message breaking through.

Trump can’t run on his economic or COVID-19 record. Now, he’s banking on his “law and order” message breaking through.

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This week, President Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, after several days of protests in the city which followed the police shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that Trump’s visit will likely do little to help him to close the gap in the national polls with his Democratic […]

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    Despite convention attacks on Biden, the election is still a referendum on Donald Trump

Despite convention attacks on Biden, the election is still a referendum on Donald Trump

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This week the Republican Party held its national convention to nominate Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that the Republicans’ attacks on the Democrats as being soft on law and order issues at their convention is part of their attempt to win back white suburban voters. To […]

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    November nightmare: How Trump could exploit absentee ballot counting delays to contest the election results

November nightmare: How Trump could exploit absentee ballot counting delays to contest the election results

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With less than four months remaining until the presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a substantial lead over President Trump in the polls. US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz writes that the COVID-19 pandemic means that there will be far more absentee ballots cast this year, and that we should not discount the likelihood of President Trump using […]

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