Jack A. Goldstone is an American sociologist and political scientist, specializing in studies of social movements, revolutions, and international politics. He is currently a professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He has also worked as a consultant of the U.S. government, for example, serving as chair of the National Research Council's evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs. He is an author or editor of nine books and nearly 100 research articles.
Donald Trump’s election victory was unprecedented, but it should not have been surprising. His popularity was the result of socio-economic trends that had been gathering force over the past 20 yearsRead more
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different views on how to deal with Russia. Clinton is a classic Cold Warrior while Trump appears to be more open to working with Russia on the global stageRead more
The atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria are yet another example of the increasing global influence of ISIS and its capability to export terrorism. This should be a major concern for Russia and the WestRead more
Compared to the terror act in Paris, Boko Haram’s massacre last week was of a far greater scale. Yet, Russia and the West are paying far less attention to it than to the Charlie Hebdo terror attackRead more
At first glance, Russia's ally China seems to be in big trouble, with the protests in Hong Kong and fears of a new Tiananmen Square. Yet they are overblown. Given the current situation in Hong Kong, China’s most likely course of action is to make some concessions, arrest protest leaders and discipline local authoritiesRead more
The fresh series of uprisings that have taken place around the world in the last month or so may appear unrelated, but a closer look reveals startling parallelsRead more
Vladimir Putin’s op-ed article in the New York Times puts President Barack Obama in a tight corner by re-framing the debate over Syria to favor Russian diplomatic interestsRead more