Given the chance to redefine both himself and his opponent, Donald Trump turned in a catastrophic performance – and Hillary Clinton handled him just right.
The Conversation's experts respond to the first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The impact of presidential debates has always been overrated – and when they do make a difference, it's for the wrong reasons.
Global audiences have heard of US election terms like the primaries, the conventions and the Electoral College. But the history and exact meaning of these terms remains a mystery to many.
The 2016 US presidential race has been a strange campaign in many ways, but the swing state map looks very familiar.
If Trump becomes president, he'll inherit one of the US's most dangerous military tools.
How does Donald Trump get away with the type of campaign he’s running? Why, if he’s a narcissistic demagogue, has he found an audience who respond to his politics?
With two months to go, the numbers seem to favour Hillary Clinton more heavily than ever. But it pays to look more closely.
The Republican nominee is far from the blithering idiot his opponents like to portray.
Attempts to outlaw the practice have proven difficult, thanks to a tendency on the part of leaders to skirt around the rules.
The Clintons have assembled a globally influential humanitarian behemoth. But is it just a colossal liability?
It's always tempting to chalk political disagreements up to intelligence – but we have to resist.
The value of democracy needs to be restated and defended, rather than presumed. In doing so, there is value in adopting a more tempered stance, one that understands its worth but also its flaws.
Has the US's apparently invincible populist demagogue finally hit an iceberg?
Income inequality and political polarization have both surged in recent decades and are the worst they've ever been. Is one causing the other?
Aristotle would laugh at Donald Trump – but despite breaking millennia-old rules of political speech, he's still storming ahead. Why?
When a woman takes power and dares to raise her voice, the response is all too telling.
Bernie Sanders may have endorsed Hillary Clinton, but politics as usual has had its day. It's time for progressivism to move fast.
The Republicans' nominee has opened up a huge lead over Hillary Clinton among white voters – but that may not mean much in the end.
Anyone who still dismisses Donald Trump as a ludicrous amateur should now realise just how dangerous he is.