“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.”
— H.L. Mencken
Monkey Cage Topic Guides
This page lists topic guides compiled from articles published at the Monkey Cage. Our mission is to connect political scientists and the political conversation by creating a compelling forum, developing publicly focused scholars, and building an informed audience. Using the discipline’s research, we illuminate the news, inform civic discussion, and help make sense of the circus that is politics. TMC is an independent site currently publishing at the Washington Post. You can read more about our mission and our editorial team here.
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NOTE: Coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine can be found in our guide to Russia and Its Neighbors.
- January 2021 Political Crisis
- 2020 Election
- The Biden Administration’s First Hundred Days
- Black Lives Matter
- Civil-Military Relations
- Climate Change
- Gender and Politics
- Latin America
- LGBTQ+ Politics Around the World
- NATO and European Security
- North Korea
- Race and Ethnic Politics
- The Supreme Court
- Russia and its Neighbors
- Technology, the Internet, and Politics
- The Iran Nuclear Program and US-Iran Crises
- The Trump Administration, Bureaucratic Politics, and Expertise
- The War in Afghanistan
TMC is grateful to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service for supporting this project, the Carnegie Corporation, the Democracy Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation for supporting TMC, and to Satya Adabala, Isabella Artaza, Jacob Cohen, Tabitha Gillespie, Alana Hendy, Agnieszka Krotzer, Kathryn Long, Mica Maltzman, and Julio Salmeron-Perla for their help preparing and updating the topic guides.