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.
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.
Fighting religious extremism and ethnic rivalries requires addressing corruption.
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.
Much of the international development community remains stuck in its old ways, focused on short time horizons, rigid planning, and unproductive evaluation.
Corruption acts as a thread tying recent frightening international security crises together.
If the United States does not respond to Bahrain’s expulsion of U.S. diplomat Tom Malinowski, it will not just be interpreted as weakness by other countries, it will also damage America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.
Curbing corruption before it tips into Kalashnikov-carrying rebels and public crucifixions is good security policy. And the world needs to get better at it.
Acute, structured government corruption impacts many of the West’s security priorities. But the role it plays in exacerbating international insecurity is often overlooked.
President Obama’s coolness to core progressive values has been felt not just by those who work for him but by the broad left, producing a resignation about what’s possible