Not Just the Economy, Stupid

It’s the economy, stupid. So goes the conventional wisdom about Presidential elections anyway. The theory is that domestic politics – and the economy in particular – trumps everything else, including matters of foreign relations. Are you better off than you were four years ago? If not, little else matters. It was most notably the case […]

Unfulfilled Expectations

As we all know there are lies, damn lies and statistics.  Nevertheless, for historians interested in public opinion, this week’s Pew Global Attitudes Survey on international views of the United States makes for interesting – if not necessarily surprising – reading. [1] On the positive side, in twelve of the twenty countries polled, a plurality […]

American Strategy in Afghanistan

Ten years into the Afghanistan war and we’re still debating strategy, tactics, and the advisability of continuing the war altogether. Unfortunately, we’re doing so mostly in print and on the airways—which is to say that this debate is not taking place in the streets or in Washington. For most Americans, the war remains obscured from […]