The Special Counsel’s Structural Dilemma

By Francis Northwood (PO ’21) When a president does something very wrong, a special counsel is often tasked with an investigation. This was the case with Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and Whitewater. However, the special counsel is appointed by the Attorney General, which gives it strange status. It is controlled by the executive branch, but…

Dancing the Line: Cooper v. Harris, a Landmark Decision on Gerrymandering and Judicial Implementation of Civil Rights

By Lea Kayali (PO ‘19) Race matters. Police brutality, immigration, and criminal justice reforms—these hot-button debates reflect how racial issues are front and center in American politics. As racialized politics percolate through party platforms,[1] Americans’ political identity is increasingly determined by demographics. White nationalism is on the rise in the self-proclaimed “alt-right,” and identity politics…

Call to Action: Interview on Increasing Educational Access and Economic Opportunity in South Sudan with Mr. Valentino Achak Deng

Conducted by Bethel Geletu (Staff Writer, PO ‘19) and Maimouna Diarra (Staff Writer, PO ‘19)   Once a “Lost Boy,” a child who walked for months across what is now South Sudan to flee a brutal civil war, Valentino Achak Deng is a leading advocate for the universal right to education. Under the United Nations…