Political Science

Colin Powell’s legacy

Historian Mary Frances Berry and Perry World House Visiting Fellow Alice Hunt Friend share thoughts on Powell’s impact on and off the battlefield.

Kristen de Groot

Africa’s Iron Lady 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, came to Perry World House as part of the Global Order Colloquium.

Kristen de Groot

Long-term COVID and the ADA

Jasmine Harris, a disability law expert, shares her thoughts on President Biden’s announcement that long-term COVID sufferers could be protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Kristen de Groot



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The New York Times

How much does how much we hate each other matter?

Yphtach Lelkes, Matthew Levendusky, and Samantha Moore-Berg were cited in an opinion piece about polarization in the U.S. “Affective polarization is the canary in the coal mine,” said Lelkes. “That is, it tells us things are dysfunctional without causing the dysfunction.”

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The New York Times

Biden’s honeymoon is over, and he knows it

Aaron Chalfin of the School of Arts & Sciences said it would be risky for Democrats to engage in a debate over crime, as the recent uptick in violence “has reversed 20 years of progress in just 18 short months.” He said that although it “has little to do with Democratic political priorities at the national level, it seems likely that the Democrats will be held to account given the rhetoric around ‘Defund’ that is associated with the left wing of the party.”

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Al Jazeera

How Netanyahu plans to bring down Israel’s new government

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences described former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategies to reclaim power. Netanyahu’s trio of tactics include discrediting the new government’s legitimacy, working with allies to use filibusters to delay legislation and create tensions between parties, and encouraging members of the coalition to desert it, said Lustick.

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CNN

Arrest of a Trump friend sends key message

Claire Finkelstein of the Law School co-authored an opinion piece about the prosecution of Tom Barrack, chair of Donald J. Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee. Barrack has been charged with several crimes, including conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government. “The prosecution is a welcome first step to rein in both foreign lobbying generally and the corruption seemingly surrounding the former president specifically, but much more is needed on both counts,” they wrote.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

To honor John Lewis, we must turn back the rising tide of voter suppression

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the resurgence of voter suppression laws in the U.S. To preserve the right to vote, Berry said, “We must pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. And to do that, we must remove the Senate filibuster as a barrier to the legislation.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The political rhetoric over Pa. Republicans’ election bill obscures the truth: It’s complicated

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the unpredictable effects of changes to the election code. “It’s the question of unintended consequences, in part, and the interactions between these different kinds of provisions,” he said. “These policies can be hard to evaluate, because people may react to them in unexpected ways.”

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