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.
In recent years, serious skepticism about democracy promotion has gripped Washington. The old U.S. habit of making do with authoritarian allies for the sake of stability or security is making itself felt once again.
Empowering international aid recipients with better information on the different aid organizations, their motivations, and their methods may help solve some of aid’s great challenges.
This guide aims to help recipients of transition assistance better understand how the Western aid system operates so that they may find ways to ensure that their vision is supported, rather than hindered, by assistance providers.
Instead of letting the dust settle and carrying on in a business-as-usual fashion after every crisis, the EU must radically reconfigure its whole political structure.
Accountability work has moved relatively quickly from a first generation of assumptions and approaches to an emerging second generation that reflects various advances in conception and execution.
Thomas Carothers and Richard Youngs review Sarah Bush’s new book, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators.