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Tuesday, 2. February 2016
Carrie Weintraub
Fulbright Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

Momentum from Iowa Caucuses Propels the Candidates into New Hampshire

With 99% of votes reported, the Iowa caucuses have favored Ted Cruz for the Republicans and have Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a deadlock. The caucuses have also furthered the campaigns of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, but have caused an end to the Presidential dreams of Democrat Martin O'Malley and Republican Mike Huckabee.

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Monday, 1. February 2016
Carrie Weintraub
Fulbright Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

How Do The Iowa Caucuses Work?

Tonight at 7:00 PM local time, Iowans will gather at their caucus locations to kick off the process of choosing Presidential nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties. The format for caucusing is different between both parties and is important to understand when viewing results.

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Thursday, 28. January 2016
Carrie Weintraub
Fulbright Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

The Iowa Caucuses 2016 – What Do They Mean?

On February 1, 2016, Iowans will gather at 1,681 caucuses across the state to begin the process of nominating Presidential candidates. Iowa provides an early look into Americans' reactions to candidates from both parties, and begins the momentum of election season, into New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Tuesday.

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Monday, 18. January 2016
Anna Kronlund
Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

2016 – A year of congressional elections as well

The next US presidential election is taking place on November 8, 2016. At the same time, all 435 House members and one third of the Senators will be elected for the 115th Congress (2017–2018). While the presidential elections are usually in the spotlight, the congressional election is significant because Congress is the legislature in the US political system.

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Tuesday, 15. December 2015     1 comment(s)
Charly Salonius-Pasternak
Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security research programme

The many and extreme candidates of the GOP

Even to the casual observer the Republican presidential primary season has been marked by a large number of candidates and extremist positioning. While there are a myriad explanatory factors, a few are worth following.

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Thursday, 26. November 2015
Katja Creutz
Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

Will Obama keep his promise to close Guantánamo?

The debate is intensifying concerning Obama's promise to close the prison: on the one hand terrorists have shown that they continue to pose a threat to both national and international security, on the other hand prisoners cannot be locked away endlessly in Guantánamo.

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Thursday, 12. November 2015
Michael Haltzel
Visiting Senior Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

”I Think the Adults are Beginning to Take Over”

Last night's debate in Milwaukee contained much more substance than the previous three, and fewer purely personal attacks. And yet there was enough mud-slinging, posturing, and obfuscation by several of the leading contenders to stop this American from uncorking the champagne to celebrate the return to sanity of the Grand Old Party.

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Monday, 2. November 2015     0 comment(s)
Anna Kronlund
Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

New Speaker for the US House of Representatives

Paul Ryan (R-WI) was elected last week for the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives after the previous Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) resigned. The new speaker will face challenges such as the very low approval rate of Congress, the next year's elections, and the partisan atmosphere in the US Congress – not to forget the different views within the Republican Party itself.

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Monday, 26. October 2015
Mika Aaltola
Programme Director - the Global Security research programme

Plays for US presidency are increasingly based on dramatic appeal

The two leading candidates for the US presidency are scandalous figures. Is this a mere coincident?

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Wednesday, 5. November 2014     0 comment(s)
Charly Salonius-Pasternak
Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security research programme

The things Obama can do after GOP midterm landslide

The GOP controls Congress, with unclear policy implications. I look at four potential foreign policy related issues and how the election results could impact them.

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