In recent years, multiple international indices have downgraded U.S. democracy. Polarization, accusations of voting irregularities, political violence, and other negative trends are having a corrosive influence on the state of U.S. democracy and leaders’ ability to govern, address domestic problems, and craft stable policies. This project brings together the work of scholars across the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who analyze the problems afflicting U.S. democracy based on comparative perspectives and offer insights that can strengthen U.S. governing institutions and society.
David Axelrod joins Aaron David Miller to talk about how foreign policy shapes American voter preferences.
Acceptance of political violence has been rising sharply over the past five years. The damage that this violence itself, and the conspiracies driving it, are causing to U.S. democracy are already substantial and are likely to produce significant democratic decline if not arrested soon.
One persistent problem is that only a small share of this aid actually reaches women-led organizations.
As President Biden said in his State of the Union address, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has starkly illustrated “the battle between democracy and autocracy,” and new research from Freedom House underscores just how dire this crisis of global democracy has become.
Civil wars have risen over the last decade, and 2020 witnessed the most active conflicts in recent history. Coups have returned with a vengeance. Troubling patterns have begun to emerge on our own soil, where partisan violence and hate crimes have been rising sharply.
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns joins Aaron David Miller to talk about the challenges of filmmaking throughout some of the darkest periods in recent American history.
Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a special program featuring Rachel Kleinfeld and John Avlon to discuss his newest book, Lincoln and the Fight for Peace.
To strengthen our democracy, it’s time for a legal conversation on the control and conduct of war in order to grapple with the changing nature of warfare.
pernicious polarization is when a society divides into two camps that have mutual distress and dislike of each other
Dire warnings of fascism or civil war have raised the specter of America’s democratic failure in recent months. Although these warnings have been qualified by careful scholars, new comparative analysis shows how unprecedented is our situation compared with other Western democracies.