Michael C. Horowitz

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This image released by HBO shows Vladimir Furdik as the Night King on the season finale of "Game of Thrones." The final season premieres on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

In case you haven’t heard, “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO on Sunday for its final six episodes. Political science has had a lot to say about the series, from alliance politics in the War of the Five Kings to questions of gender and regime type. It can also help us understand the role of the show’s three dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.

George R.R. Martin, the author of the books that inspired the TV series, once referred to dragons as the “nuclear deterrent” of Westeros. In this view, dragons, like nuclear weapons, deter others from attacking, because they can cause mass destruction by raining fire from above.…  Seguir leyendo »

This undated photo distributed Sept. 16 by the North Korean government purports to show Kim Jong Un, right, celebrating what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate-range missile. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

On Tuesday night, in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s claim to have a nuclear button on his desk, President Trump tweeted, “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

This is not the first time that things have gotten personal in the U.S.-North Korea standoff. Much of the rhetoric between the two leaders and media commentary about the risk of war focuses on the leadership of Trump and Kim — or “Little Rocket Man,” as Trump has called the North Korean leader.

But how much could these two singular leaders really propel us to a nuclear war?…  Seguir leyendo »