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U.S. banana growers heavily influenced several Central American governments in the early 20th century. George Rinhart/Getty Images

What’s a banana republic? A political scientist explains

The US grows hardly any tropical fruit. So why are politicians and political commentators saying the country is at risk of devolving into a banana republic?
Indonesia’s first and only female president Megawati Sukarnoputri at a campaign rally in 1999. Jonathan Perugia/AP

3 reasons why women leaders actually matter for women

Four different female presidents led three Asian nations in recent decades. What does their legislative record tell us about the impact women leaders can have on women’s lives?
Crowdfunding can be a great way to raise money for political candidates and causes, but it can also have unintended consequences. Joos Mind/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Political crowdfunding does more than raise money – it can also rile up opponents

Crowdfunding has become a go-to means of raising money for political causes, but the monetary show of support can cause opponents to double down on their opposition.
Sinister terminology: Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin last month.AP Photo/, Pool) READ LESS. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AP

Is Vladimir Putin the greatest Russophobe of all?

The Russian president might claim to be confronting hate speech, but he is drawing on the ideas of anti-Semitic extremists

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