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    Washington’s shifting aims in Iran are the unmistakable sign of a bankrupt foreign policy

Washington’s shifting aims in Iran are the unmistakable sign of a bankrupt foreign policy

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The new year had only just begun when a US drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, which subsequently led to retaliatory action from Iran. Christian Emery argues that despite rhetoric about containing Iran, the Trump administration lacks any coherent strategy towards the country, with little evident rationale behind the killing of Suleimani. What it may actually signal, he […]

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    How pretrial detention time reinforces racial inequalities in the criminal justice system.

How pretrial detention time reinforces racial inequalities in the criminal justice system.

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Research has shown that detention before trials contributes to broader patterns of inequality in the criminal justice system. In new research, Brandon P. Martinez, Nick Petersen, and Marisa Omori look at how pretrial detention length contributes to this inequality. Their analysis of pretrial detention patterns in Miami-Dade County, Florida, finds that Black people are more likely to […]

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    Trump’s crude anti-elitism is nothing new in the American story

Trump’s crude anti-elitism is nothing new in the American story

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It is not hard to find Americans (and non-Americans) fervently hoping for the end of the Trump presidency in 2020 whether via impeachment or a Democratic presidential election victory. Ron Pruessen writes that the appeal of removing Trump from office should be set against the backdrop of the darker impulses of American history and culture – traditions which Trump […]

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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 […]

2020 in US politics and policy – what’s in store 

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With 2019 now behind us, it’s now time to look ahead to the coming year in US politics and policy. USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson gives a glimpse of what we’re likely to see this year.

Welcome to 2020! It’s an election year, so the already frenetic political atmosphere in the US will soon be kicking into an even higher gear. Here, I’ll be looking at […]

January 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Happy New Year 2020 from LSE USAPP!

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We’d like to thank all of our readers for reading LSE USAPP in 2019, our sixth full year of publishing commentary on US politics and policy. We’ve had more than 380,000 visitor sessions this year! Read our ten most popular posts from 2019 here.

Over 4,500 of you now follow us on Twitter (but there’s always room for more!) and we have more […]

January 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Mueller, border policy, state politics, buying Greenland, impeachment and more: this is how we covered US politics and policy in 2019 

Mueller, border policy, state politics, buying Greenland, impeachment and more: this is how we covered US politics and policy in 2019 

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LSE USAPP blog Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, reviews our coverage of the political ups and downs of 2019, month by month.
January – An end to the longest Government Shutdown
This year began (as 2018 did) with a continuing government shutdown over President Trump’s desire for funding for the construction of a wall at the US’ southern border with Mexico. The shutdown finally ended on January 25th (after becoming the […]

December 29th, 2019|Chris Gilson|0 Comments|

2019 in review: round up of our ten most popular posts

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This year, we published more than 380 articles covering the entire range of United States politics, policy, and society. Here’s a count-down of our ten most popular articles from this year:

10. Why declaring a national emergency to build a border wall could set Donald Trump on the road to impeachment
Although some critics have floated the idea of impeaching Donald Trump, […]

December 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Happy holidays from LSE USAPP to all our readers and best wishes for 2020!

Happy holidays from LSE USAPP to all our readers and best wishes for 2020!

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We’d like to wish our readers all the best for the festive season, and we look forward to bringing you even more analysis and commentary on American politics, economics, culture, and society in 2020!

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    Why low trust in government may mean Americans don’t want anything done about inequality. 

Why low trust in government may mean Americans don’t want anything done about inequality. 

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The past 40 years have seen a huge increase in income inequality in America, with the top 1 percent of earners seeing large increases in their share of all incomes. David Macdonald writes that while most Americans appear to be opposed to high levels of inequality, low levels of trust in government may be dampening their desire for measures to redistribute […]

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