In order for stabilization aid to be an effective means of advancing U.S. interests amid geopolitical competition, the United States needs to develop a stabilization strategy tied to a viable political end state and commit to more reliable, longer-term engagement.
The United States is more polarised today than at any point since the 1860s. While Donald Trump has lost the White House, Congress, and, after the January 5 run-off elections in Georgia, the Senate too, Democratic majorities in those deliberative bodies will remain narrow.
American democracy has been deeply damaged by a president’s refusal to concede power and his supporters’ use of violence and intimidation to pressure political officials—problems fueled by polarization and an antidemocratic faction of the Republican Party. Here’s where the fault lines come from—and how to begin patching them.
Has democratic backsliding in Poland and Turkey brought to an end these countries’ efforts to support democracy beyond their borders? If not, why not?
In spite of its authoritarian practices, Ethiopia has attracted billions in international aid. The November 2020 conflict in the northern Tigray region should prompt a recalibration of the development model, which promotes economic gains without political inclusion.
In an extraordinary year, the coronavirus pandemic did not deter protesters around the world—despite restrictions on protest rights and the danger of gathering in groups.
A measure in the annual National Defense Authorization Act will require the Treasury Department to begin collecting beneficial ownership information on companies registered in the United States, effectively banning anonymously owned companies, including shell companies that are often used as fronts for dirty money.
Sophisticated Chinese media influence operations in Japan are already underway.
Confrontational political dynamics have proven to be highly resilient, adapting to the pandemic and, in turn, being reinforced by it.
The coronavirus has devastated fragile and conflict-affected states, exacerbating suffering and, in some cases, shifting power dynamics in ways that are likely to influence politics or the conflicts even when the pandemic subsides.