The goal of the United States should be to create conditions that leave the possibility for Afghans to build a more legitimate government and security sector in future decades.
In Europe, initiatives to increase citizen participation have made substantial progress, but there are severe difficulties to overcome if these participative forums are to address the core issues of democratic decline and contribute more significantly to its restoration.
The loss of U.S. leadership in advancing democracy abroad is a major blow, but others in the international community are attempting to fill the vacuum.
As digital surveillance abuse challenges national security, what can national and foreign governments do to curb this breach of privacy?
The latest wave of rising autocratic rule around the world is more incremental and inconspicuous than in the past.
While there is a growing movement for more government openness and accountability, governments around the world are also taking new measures to restrict civil society.
Protests like the ones in Hong Kong have proliferated around the world in recent years. But can they lead to lasting change?
Internet shutdowns are not new, but they have become increasingly popular instruments among dictators and autocrats who want to control their citizenry and preempt political threats.
Improving security sector governance requires looking beyond short term tactical success and investing in longer term improvements. Such reforms are necessary for fragile states to improve the effectiveness of their security forces and temper extremism.
Four years ago, the AfD had seemed to fade from the political picture. Its recent rise has stopped for now, but Germany is not immune to far-right politics.