While the road out of today’s extreme political polarization in the United States isn’t obvious, adopting reforms like ranked choice voting could reduce polarization and better represent the will of the people.
Highly unequal societies are some of the most violent places on earth. Recovery requires an attentive middle class and politicians willing to make deals.
The distinction between political and criminal violence is not as stark as many think. When governments become complicit with violence these distinctions begin to blur.
The world’s most violent places aren’t at war. They are polarized, unequal democracies. Here’s how to make them safer.
Really violent places can get better, but it is not an easy path.
An urgent and provocative look at how extreme violence can cripple democracies, including the United States, and how they can regain security.
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.
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.
Although the world is witnessing the degradation of democracies and some political leaders flouting the rule of law, none of the projected outcomes are inevitable.