Measuring how well countries adhere to the rule of law in practice can be a first step in setting benchmarks, stimulating and guiding reforms, and deepening understanding and appreciation for its fundamental features.
The time is ripe for Indonesia, India, and Japan to shed their inhibitions and redouble their efforts to strengthen the foundations of Myanmar’s democracy.
One under-recognized factor is fueling many of the world’s most violent crises—not bitter identity rifts or imperial delusions, but the simple drive to amass lucre.
How can aid providers and activists alike think more strategically about women’s political empowerment?
Women’s political empowerment work can and should be part of the core agenda for responding to challenging democratic transitions.
The troubling, even alarming trend of closing space for civil society around the world has a direct but not always recognized link to the large problem of state fragility.
The issue of corruption must be central to policy development, engaging every aspect of how the United States interacts with fragile states.
International efforts to advance women’s political empowerment could serve as a lever to promote broader change in countries working toward consolidated democracies.
Who we empower and how our local allies treat the greater population may determine the outcome of the U.S. fight against violent extremism.
Corruption hardly topped the threat list when U.S. military forces and civilians first entered Afghanistan in 2001. But recognition of its devastating potential to undermine U.S. national security objectives is far higher today.