U.S. democracy policy is under severe strain, but writing off the United States as a key supporter of global democracy is premature.
Around the world, newly assertive illiberal regimes are becoming increasingly adept at restricting civil society through legal constraints, forcing civil society groups to rethink the way they operate.
A reformed NATO, re-calibrated for the murky proxy warfare of today, as well as UN peacekeeping and democracy aid should be foreign policy priorities for the Trump administration.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency was more than an endorsement of his politics. It was a rejection of the perceived oligarchy that much of the country has felt ignored and excluded by.
Fighting religious extremism and ethnic rivalries requires addressing corruption.
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.
International efforts to advance women’s political empowerment could serve as a lever to promote broader change in countries working toward consolidated democracies.