Zach Shapiro is a senior majoring in international relations and an Op-Ed Contributing Writer. He can be reached at zachary.shapiro@tufts.edu.

The great debate

In both Democratic and Republican debates thus far, some candidates have already given impressive and eloquent monologues on key issues. I call these West Wing (1999-2006) moments. These distinctive...

Give Graham a shot

For a Republican primary debate, last week wasn’t much of a show. Suffice to say it was far from the most interesting debate. Perhaps it represents the broader staleness of the Republican...

For many, a debate to forget

Last week, America got its first look at the debating chops of the Democratic candidates. While Governor Mike Huckabee ranted on Twitter, Bernie Sanders raved, and Lincoln Chafee finally opened his...

The rhetoric problem

With 13 months to go before the 2016 election, silly season is in full throttle. Demagogues on both sides of the aisle command significant support despite offering few — if any —...

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Qatar’s got a brand new bag

It has only been a hobby for a few years, but I can’t stop following soccer. It makes for a lot of fun when it overlaps with Middle East politics. It seems they have found a strange intersection in...

Egypt, four years later

2015 has already been an interesting year for late-night comedy. I’m not talking about the end of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, though I will miss them. I’m talking about Jon Stewart’s...

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