U.S. efforts have made a crucial difference in Africa during recent administrations. The new administration should continue this engagement.
Since political parties in both established and emerging democracies face similar challenges, Western party aid should avoid the donor-recipient paradigm and instead embody a productive spirit of mutuality.
War proceeds differently today than it used to. Russia partakes in ‘war by stealth’ through funding domestic violent groups, cyberattacks, and other such measures in order to keep other countries weak.
Congressional repeal of a law that demanded disclosure by extractive industries for payments to foreign governments is viewed as a victory for oil and gas. It may also be a step towards kleptocracy.
An accurate assessment of violence requires complete, comparable data from unbiased entities and a set of indicators that go beyond just counting homicides.
Many scholars attribute violence to the inability of weak states to restrain violent individuals. But in some democracies, states allow or enable violence to protect elite interests.
Steve Coll’s “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” provides critical insight into the culture and ethos of Secretary of State nominee Tillerson.
Trump may intend to stop U.S. democracy promotion, but inescapable ties between U.S. values and interests and strong views on the topic in Congress and elsewhere point to policy complications ahead.
If Americans want to avoid revolution, mitigate violence, and keep a law-based world, they need a progressive movement to open up democracy to average citizens, and bridge the cultural gap between elites and broader American society.
In a country full of sophisticated lawyers and lobbyists and rationalizers, it is now urgent to ask whether Americans still understand what corruption is. To say it’s what is proscribed by law is to fall into a logical sinkhole.