Many states beset with endemic violence are not institutionally weak, but rather suffer from complicit economic and political elites that use violence in order to preserve their status, a phenomenon that should be called privilege violence.
Europe remains at fault for both failing to rebuild Libya following its 2011 intervention, and for increasingly relying on rights-abusing militias for its coast guard and migrant interdiction responsibilities.
Burkina Faso’s citizens stepped in to stop former president Blaise Compaoré from tightening his hold on power, even as several other African countries are discarding constitutional safeguards.
Civil society organizations can take certain steps to shore up their own legitimacy despite growing hostility to their work.
The Trump administration appears committed to working "by-with-through" local partners in the Middle East. Doing so effectively requires a clear political strategy and continued diplomatic engagement in the region.
Busy citizens will not engage with European politics unless they have a good chance of being heard. The EU must provide tangible and high-profile initiatives to bridge this divide.
A series of essays by leading scholars and activists on efforts around the world to improve and defend civil society’s legitimacy.
Security votes, or discretionary funds allocated to officials, fuel corruption through lack of transparency; as a result, banning security votes would be a crucial step for reform.
The latest attacks by the self-proclaimed Islamic State may destabilize the upcoming Afghan elections, even as U.S. President Donald Trump questions the U.S. commitment to the country.
Creeping politicization of domestic security agencies and the military, driven by extreme polarization, threatens to undermine long-run stability in the United States.