Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, December 12, 2011

No, look over there

It seems to be a political axiom: if things aren't going well domestically, get people to focus on international issues.

Putin's doing it. Can you find examples of other politicians doing it?

Putin Contends Clinton Incited Unrest Over Vote
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday of inciting unrest in Russia, as he grappled with the prospect of large-scale political protest for the first time in his more than decade-long rule.

In a rare personal accusation, Mr. Putin said Mrs. Clinton had sent “a signal” to “some actors in our country” after Sunday’s parliamentary elections, which were condemned as fraudulent by both international and Russian observers…

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