Month: February 2016

U.S. indecision and the Syrian tragedy

With all of the past year’s foreign policy headlines—the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the growth of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, and the Iranian nuclear deal—the civil war in Syria often receives little more than a passing reference in the news media and the U.S. presidential debates. Yet the conflict there marks one of the greatest foreign ...

After New Hampshire, confusion prevails

Last night, the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary reordered the presidential race on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the ticket. Though long expected to take first place, Donald Trump even outdid these expectations, finishing with 35 percent of the vote, only four points below Mitt Romney’s finish in 2012. John Kasich took second place ...

Expectations for the N.H. Republican primary

Tomorrow night, the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination will experience yet another thinning of the herd at the New Hampshire primary, only the second contest and the first primary of the GOP nomination battle. With its moderate, independent-minded electorate, the northeastern state is a sharp contrast to Iowa, where evangelical conservatives control the outcome. After a cringeworthy ...

What we learned from Iowa

Now that it is all said and done in Iowa, it is time to look ahead and see what the fallout will be from the first caucus of the 2016 presidential primary race. As I anticipated in my pre-Iowa rundown, Senator Ted Cruz put in the strongest performance in Iowa, followed by Mr. Donald Trump and Senator ...

What to expect from the GOP Iowa caucus

The Iowa caucus is widely considered to be one of the most important presidential primary states. It is the first real election of the primary process for both Democrats and Republicans. Turnout expectations are confirmed or refuted. Momentum candidates prove their staying power…or don’t. Campaigns are invigorated or finally put to rest. Yet the result ...