Social Sciences

Political reckoning of authoritarians in the face of crises

Political scientist Anna Grzymala-Busse finds that authoritarians face a choice in the face of change: try to cling to power, exit governing or reinvent themselves as democrats. It’s those who reinvent themselves as newly minted democrats who fare the worst in the long run.

Bolstering alliances in a changing world

U.S. foreign policy should focus on strengthening, not weakening, its worldwide alliances, said Kori Schake, a Hoover Institution research fellow. That is especially true if the United States seeks to avoid conflict with China, the top challenger to the current international order.

Winds of change for vertical axis turbines?

New research suggests vertical axis turbines, which may have fewer impacts on birds and the environment, could increase public support for new wind energy installations.

Textbooks influence view of Afghan females

The characterizations of Afghan females in school textbooks were heavily influenced by the country’s political regimes, according to a Stanford study. The researchers say it’s evidence of how a nation can use textbooks to influence children’s view on women’s place in society.