Raymond A. Smith

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D., a senior fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute, teaches political science at Columbia and NYU and is author of Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government.


Op-eds and Articles

By / 7.6.2016

With so much ink spilled on the prospects of a Trump presidency, far less attention is being devoted to the more likely scenario of a Hillary Clinton presidency. When there has been sustained speculation, it’s typically been either biographical or ideological: how would her storied professional and personal life, or her sometimes unclear political beliefs, shape […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.3.2016

Now that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has announced Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick — an unusual move for a presidential candidate trailing in the polls and weeks out from his party’s convention — speculation will inevitably follow about who front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might select as running mates. Not only should […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.9.2016

Every four years since 2000, during the fall semester, I’ve taught a college course on that year’s unfolding presidential election. In the past, it’s been fairly easy to point to a prior election year that offers illuminating historical parallels. But this time, I’m finding that the problem is not in identifying a parallel year; it’s […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.20.2015

Throughout his vice presidency, Joe Biden has rarely been considered as a potential presidential candidate in his own right. His two prior runs had come to little, his advancing age worked against him and his party had its eye on another candidate. Further, his immediate predecessor, Dick Cheney, had set something of an example by […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.7.2015

This year’s overcrowded field of 17 GOP presidential candidates may be an amazing spectacle, but it really should come as no surprise. The so-called “presidential clown car” is parked at the intersection of three distinct rings in the circus of Republican politics: the party’s internal unhinging, an extraordinarily wide-open political field, and the electoral unfettering […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.26.2015

As the United Nations commemorates the 70th anniversary of its founding this week, it can claim a major accomplishment in the 69 peacekeeping operations that it has led around the world since 1948. Soon, the U.N.’s “blue helmets” will be receiving a renewed spotlight on Capitol Hill through a Congressional Peacekeeping Caucus recently formed by […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.15.2015

Going into 2016, Democrats seem to face a daunting challenge in holding the presidency for a third consecutive term. Indeed, this feat has only been accomplished once since 1950, when George H.W. Bush succeeded the highly popular Ronald Reagan in 1988. However, a closer look at the historical record may give Democrats more reason for […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.30.2015

The announcement that Harry Reid will be retiring from the Senate in 2016, and likely succeeded by Chuck Schumer of New York as Democratic leader, would break a long streak in which floor leaders of the Senate — both majority and minority leaders — have predominantly hailed from smaller states. It’s a little-recognized pattern that […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.12.2015

This week, Hillary Clinton garnered huge media coverage of her remarks at the United Nations. Yet the truly important comments she made didn’t involve email accounts, but rather “the great unfinished business of the 21st century.” At the outset of the annual two-week session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women, Clinton […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.7.2014

This week’s summit in Washington of national leaders from across Africa offers an essential opportunity for the Obama administration to advance one of its stated foreign policy goals: to promote the safety, equality and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world. But it also presents a precarious balancing act between […]