Coverage of Presidential Elections Since 1984

Explore how past presidential elections have shaped our current political climate with this look through the Utne Reader archives.

American Democracy Down for the Count

By Ann Jones

Or What Is It the Scandinavians Have That We Don’t?

Global Religion in the 21st Century

By Mark Jeurgensmeyer, Dinah Griego and John Soboslai

Finding different religions’ places in an interconnected world.

The American West: Roosevelt’s New Deal Policy

By Kathryn S. Olmsted

A historical look at the New Deal Policy’s effect on the American West during the Great Depression.


A Hard Look at How We See Race

By Sam Scott, from Stanford Magazine

Jennifer Eberhardt’s research shows subconscious connections in people’s minds between black faces and crime, and how those links may pervert justice; law enforcement officers across the country are taking note.

Will Chess, Not Battleship, Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia?

By Pepe Escobar

Silk Roads, Night Trains, and the Third Industrial Revolution in China

The Islamic State’s Origins in Iraq

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The United States’ and Britain’s bipolar policies in Iraq directly contributed to the rise of the Islamic State.

On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

By Andrew J. Bacevich

Why Washington Can’t “Stand Up” Foreign Militaries.

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