Racist groups are getting better organized. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Racist groups are getting better organized. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)White supremacists behind the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, exhibited a greater level of planning and coordination than in any previous violent shows of strength by hate groups, a first-of-its-kind study found — an event that researchers say bears “startling” resemblances to the recent assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Refusal to talk peace may have led to more war with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Refusal to talk peace may have led to more war with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)American leaders’ refusal to make peace with the defeated Taliban after 2001 may have paved the way for its return to power in Afghanistan, a new study argues, challenging earlier conclusions that structural problems made a post-invasion insurgency inevitable.

Welfare and other programs don't make citizens love iron-fisted regimes any more. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Welfare and other programs don't make citizens love iron-fisted regimes any more. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Pensions and other social safety nets are unlikely to improve citizens’ attitudes toward historically violent regimes, recent research found, adding new empirical insights to a growing scholarly debate over whether such programs can indeed boost a government’s political support.

After ignoring it for decades, politicians on both sides of the aisle used PTSD as a political battering ram. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
After ignoring it for decades, politicians on both sides of the aisle used PTSD as a political battering ram. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)American politicians on both sides of the aisle have used post-traumatic stress disorder as a “strategic tool” through which to level sweeping criticism on the direction of U.S. foreign policy, a new study found, after staying mum on the subject for decades.

White Americans support global trade less than nonwhites, according to recent date. (AP Photo/Gideon Maundo)
White Americans support global trade less than nonwhites, according to recent date. (AP Photo/Gideon Maundo)White Americans have grown less supportive of international trade over the past decade than racial minorities in the U.S. regardless of their economic status, a new study found, contrary to prevailing economic theories that suggest increased affluence leads to a less protectionist reaction to globalization.

Looking presidential may not help a president get re-elected.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Looking presidential may not help a president get re-elected.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)U.S. presidents who use “presidential imagery” to appeal directly to voters appear to have little success actually marshaling public opinion in their favor, a recent case study found, even when such a strategy is used on state visits abroad that often draw wider press coverage than domestic events.

A new administration may give Iran a chance to bargain for some freedom from sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A new administration may give Iran a chance to bargain for some freedom from sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The new U.S. presidential administration offers Iran a rare chance to bargain for the lifting of American sanctions, a researcher says, which would allow the Persian Gulf state to deepen economic ties to China, a key trading partner and ally, one of its “best” shots at reviving its ailing economy.

South Koreans favor offering public assistance to female refugees from the north more than male refugees. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Koreans favor offering public assistance to female refugees from the north more than male refugees. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)South Koreans are more likely to favor providing public assistance to women who flee North Korea than they do men, a new survey found, amid a growing influx of refugees and reduced government funding for resettlement.

Allegations of scandal hurt the parties and seem to help the politicians accused. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Allegations of scandal hurt the parties and seem to help the politicians accused. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Allegations from one of America’s two major political parties against the other may in fact backfire against both amid increased polarization, according to a recent paper, while benefiting politicians who stand accused.

Indonesian police officers of the Special Detachment 88 anti-terror unit take position outside a building during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Sukoharjo, Central Java. (AP Images/Anonymous)
Indonesian police officers of the Special Detachment 88 anti-terror unit take position outside a building during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Sukoharjo, Central Java. (AP Images/Anonymous)Counterterrorism officials in Canada still routinely ignore factors related to gender and race when analyzing suspects, a researcher found, leaving “persistent blind spots” in their search for violent extremists, especially those who target women and minorities.

A Palestinian Fatah supporter covers his face during a celebration marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian Fatah supporter covers his face during a celebration marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Scholars who analyze how militants cement group cohesion tend to fixate on formal declarations of their beliefs, but the reality is in fact much closer to the social dynamics seen in the 2004 film “Mean Girls,” according to a new, first-of-its-kind study focused on Palestinian militants in Lebanon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Dec. 11, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Dec. 11, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)Countries led by nationalist leaders have taken policy cues from similar governments in responding to the coronavirus pandemic since the early days of the crisis, according to new research.