Neither Obama nor Biden boast tonnes of money, multiple houses and fleet of cars, escorted by massive security after all these years at top posts. And with heads held high, they walk out of their official residences to private homes and public transport. Do or can these examples shame the rulers in countries like Pakistan?Read More »
Understanding Trump’s Inaugural Speech
The speech mimicked today’s political climate. For his base, it will be received as a call for all Americans to unify around his agenda. For his opponents, it will be seen as not only negative, but divisive.Read More »
Who is Betsy DeVos?
Confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's billionaire nominee for education, start on Jan. 11. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals.Read More »
America in Transition
Even his detractors would like Trump to succeed, if he succeeds the US succeeds. The Presidential transition notwithstanding, more importantly there is another far-reaching but very troubling transition. Can extremists reverse what was started by President Abraham Lincoln almost 150 years ago?Read More »
Can Pence Solve Trump’s Outsider Problem with Congress?
Trump won't be the first president who's a Washington outsider. To push his agenda through congress, he'll need his establishment-friendly VP. Will Trump loosen the reins?Read More »
What Does Trump Have to Do with the Hindu Sacred Syllable, Om?
A recent poster displayed Donald Trump with the Indian spiritual symbol of 'om.' Here is the problem:Read More »
A Short History of Presidents Lying About Their Health
Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America.Read More »
How Trump’s ‘Mormon Problem’ May Cost Him Utah
Many evangelicals are backing Trump, so why hasn't he caught fire with Mormons? A scholar of Mormons' political beliefs counts the ways.Read More »
Trump’s Candidacy Real Test of American Democracy
Trump's ascendance as Republican nominee has brought American democracy at a crossroads where only American voters can save it from a total disaster.Read More »
Trump and the Future of US Power in the Pacific
Donald Trump’s scapegoating, zero-sum economic policies, threats to extort close allies over the continuation of the US forward deployment and his radically laissez-faire approach to nuclear diplomacy, will not only ultimately fail to address Americas’ grievances but also risks the future of the US as a Pacific and global power.Read More »