Although the world may be safer today, complicit states contribute to violence throughout the world.
Complicit state violence, violence against journalists, and rising polarization are some signals of decivilization. However, recovery is possible through citizen vigilance and politicians willing to enact change.
An urgent and provocative look at how extreme violence can cripple democracies, including the United States, and how they can regain security.
Around the world, conservative groups have been gaining influence, bolstering the power of right-wing leaders. It is a trend driven not only by older generations but also by the young.
With global democracy facing serious doubts about its basic health and longevity, comparative studies of safeguards and threats to democracy are multiplying.
In the face of the decline of democracy in the United States, it is beneficial to look toward other democracies which declined and recovered. This analysis reveals that often recovery takes decades, can remain incomplete, and that it requires the dedication of individuals committed to renewal.
Since 2011, the United States and other Western donors have poured over one billion dollars into stabilization and local governance programs in Syria.
Although stabilization programs were not part of the Syrian political transformation initially envisioned, they did cultivate more inclusive, capable local governance. But with larger military and political factors shaping outcomes on the ground in Syria, what will endure of this?
Illicit financial flows are crucial to a variety of illegal activities that undermine global and national security, from organized crime to terrorism. National security agencies should make countering these flows—by using national and global instruments—a priority.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a Civic Research Network workshop on conservative civil society.