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June 8, 2011

NED Event on Youth and Democracy in Nigeria

A Nigerian Youth Corps worker (beige cap) counts ballots as security officers, polling agents and voters watch in the populous Ebute Metta district of Lagos, April 9, 2011. (Daniel Wallis/Courtesy Re…

NED Event on Youth and Democracy in Nigeria

February 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Podcast: Vigilante Groups and Countering Insurgencies in Africa

Vigilante groups usually arise in weak states with deteriorating security situations in which locals feel compelled to take their security into their own hands. The state will often try to co-opt these militias, who are afforded a level of legitimacy in their communities that the military is not, at least initially, and thus have a distinct advantage in counterinsurgency operations.


November 8, 2011

Secretary Clinton Discovers Human Rights

Secretary of State Clinton gave a strong human rights speech on Monday night, to the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Like its cousins the International Republican Institute and the National Endo…

November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…


January 9, 2014

The World Next Week: Al Qaeda Resurfaces in Iraq, Egyptians Vote on a Constitution, and Thais Protest Ahead of Elections

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed ongoing violence in Iraq’s Anbar province, Egypt’s constitutional referendum, and anti-government protests in Thailand. [audio: http://…

Sunni gunmen protest against Iraq's Shiite-led government in Fallujah on January 7, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

August 26, 2013

International Organizations
Pluralism, Peace, and the "Responsibility to Innovate”

Below is a guest post by Mark P. Lagon, adjunct senior fellow for human rights at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Solutions to gl…


April 5, 2013

Politics and Government
Prescriptions for Democracy Assistance

At the National Endowment for Democracy this Monday, I met with a large group of democracy promotion specialists from all over the world. They offered valuable insights about how their work was affec…

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks in front of parliament members in Jakarta August 16, 2012.

March 2, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Americans Out of Egypt

Above the Fold. The six Americans charged with violating Egypt’s civil-society laws finally got to come home last night. The National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute p…