Improving global security depends on understanding that not all violence stems from state weakness. U.S. Security Assistance policy should evaluate strategy and recipients accordingly.
Awakening the middle class is the key to effectively reforming the U.S. justice system.
The secretary of the department of homeland security has embraced President Trump’s rhetoric of fear and poorly thought out drug policy. He should focus on at-home solutions, such as better gun laws and opioid abuse prevention.
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.
In countries with compounded violence, political elites enjoy extreme privilege and the state apparatus becomes highly politicized. Reducing such violence follows a spiral, not straight line, trajectory.
Only when democracy became real after the new constitution could Colombians retake their state, reverse the corruption, and elect independent candidates who, in turn, paved the way for U.S. security assistance to make a difference.
Bihar shows how particular political conditions cause states to be poor, weak, and violent—and how careful application of political tactics can reduce violence even in places with few resources and low state capacity.
It’s time to require the Department of Defense and State Department to measure and evaluate its military aid and training programs, and learn from what worked, so that Washington can stop engaging in failed strategies and start succeeding.
The world today seems engulfed in violence, from terror in the Middle East to near-daily mass shootings in America. In reality, most countries today are far safer than in the past.
Much of the international development community remains stuck in its old ways, focused on short time horizons, rigid planning, and unproductive evaluation.