Debates Debrief: What’s Missing, What’s Next

Debates Debrief: What’s Missing, What’s Next

Have you found it challenging to make sense of what was and wasn’t covered in these debates? Our community of activist-scholars and allies are here to help. Come for a discussion led by IPS experts, such as Sarah Anderson, Karen Dolan, Sanho Tree, and Phyllis...
Debunking the Presidential Debate

Debunking the Presidential Debate

de·bunk dēˈbəNGk/ verb 1. expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief). “the magazine that debunks claims of the paranormal” o reduce the inflated reputation of (someone), especially by ridicule. “comedy takes delight in debunking...
The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

Like many political animals, I was glued to the latest Republican presidential debate. For the most part, there were no surprises: Donald Trump railed against Muslims, Chris Christie lamented that the NSA can’t intercept Americans’ phone calls and emails as easily as...
The GOP’s Can’t-do Attitude

The GOP’s Can’t-do Attitude

The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change. Senator Marco Rubio led the way, misconstruing the shift toward green-energy — which even Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden says is in...
America’s Dismal Choice

America’s Dismal Choice

With speculation now centered on how Superstorm Sandy’s impact may affect the U.S. election result, the final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, might seem like a distant event to American voters. But for the rest of the world, this was an...
Mitt Wants to be President – This President

Mitt Wants to be President – This President

Mitt Romney wants to be president alright… this president. We knew the foreign policy positions of the the two candidates were similar, but who knew Mitt copped a peek at Obama’s notes before the debate and wrote them on his hand? Romney now is a peacenik,...
Last Chance to Put Climate on the Debate Agenda

Last Chance to Put Climate on the Debate Agenda

Both President Obama and Governor Romney have to break their silence on climate change in the third and final presidential debate tonight. Unfortunately it appears they’ll get little help from moderator Bob Schieffer, who has chosen to focus on war, the Middle East,...
Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

There is no other policy arena in which the president of the United States has greater latitude than foreign affairs. With U.S. foreign policy less constrained by Congress and relatively free from the media scrutiny that attends the president’s more domestic...

Candidates on Darfur

As the Democratic presidential primary campaign limps on, and the cacophony of focus-grouped sound bites strikes a fevered pitch, the candidates are making surprisingly little noise about Darfur. Despite the sheer size of the “Save Darfur” movement –...