President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is extraordinarily poor policy for fighting crime and keeping America safe.
There was, and is, no coherent U.S. policy effectively dealing with the fact that people are streaming out of Central America because of violence and poverty abetted by corrupt governments complicit in the drug trade and an oligarchic, rent-seeking economy.
Any improvement in Colombia’s democracy hinges on the state’s capacity and willingness to undertake structural reforms, especially those included in the accord.
The link between conflict and democracy in Turkey casts doubt on the assumption of a natural relationship between conflict resolution and democratic improvements.
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.
Awakening the middle class is the key to effectively reforming the U.S. justice system.
U.S. efforts have made a crucial difference in Africa during recent administrations. The new administration should continue this engagement.
An accurate assessment of violence requires complete, comparable data from unbiased entities and a set of indicators that go beyond just counting homicides.
Many scholars attribute violence to the inability of weak states to restrain violent individuals. But in some democracies, states allow or enable violence to protect elite interests.
The United States has tended to focus on rebuilding state structures through outside assistance. But in the absence of an inclusive state-society compact, post-conflict states are extremely likely to return to conflict.