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June 24, 2022

United States
Trump, Partisanship, and Democracy

Fifty years ago, Republicans turned on President Richard Nixon. Today, most of the party continues to stand by Trump. Why the difference? A rise in partisanship.

U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol holds public hearing in Washington

June 16, 2022

United States
Fake News, Then and Now

The problem of fake news has been with us from the beginning of the Republic, and American democracy was even worse at dealing with it then than it is now.

A news stand outfitted with "Fake News" headlines as a stunt pulled off by the Columbia Journalism Review is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York

May 31, 2022

United States
Foreign Policy Bipartisanship’s Mixed Blessings

For the moment, the two parties are in broad agreement on some of the biggest foreign policy questions facing the United States—but this state of affairs is not without its dangers.

Congressional leaders of both parties at the U.S. State of the Union

May 23, 2022

Australia
A Political Earthquake From Australia’s Elections

How will Australia's election result affect the region, including U.S.-China competition?

Anthony Albanese, leader of Australia's Labor Party, addresses supporters after incumbent Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison conceded defeat in the country's general election, in Sydney, Australia, on May 21, 2022.

April 17, 2022

United States
Why the War in Ukraine is a Reminder to Strengthen Democracy at Home

Democratic backsliding in the United States risks both its domestic stability and international security.

NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Brussels

April 14, 2022

Global Governance
Does the UN Risk Becoming a Second League of Nations?

The war in Ukraine marks the biggest test for the United Nations in three decades, but its failure is not inevitable, nor is it destined for irrelevance.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears on a large screen as he addresses the United Nations Security Council via video link during a meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 5, 2022.

April 5, 2022

Pakistan
Imran Khan’s Undemocratic Action Deepens Pakistan’s Political Crisis

Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved Pakistan’s National Assembly to avoid a no confidence vote. The move has severe consequences for the country’s democracy. 

Imran Khan

March 8, 2022

United States
The 2022 Midterm Congressional Elections by the Numbers

History suggests that control of Congress will change after November’s midterm elections.

A view of the U.S. Capitol Building.

March 3, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Analyzing the Russia-Ukraine Conflict from an African Standpoint

How will African countries react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and what diplomatic fissures are likely to be opened by the conflict as it drags on? The tone for this appears to have been set by the rousing speech in defense of national sovereignty by Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Martin Kimani. Invoking historical parallels, Kimani pulled no punches in decrying Russian aggression and rejecting “irredentism and expansionism on any basis, including racial, ethnic, religious or cultural factors.”

Vladimir Putin is shaking the South African president's hand while surrounded by other African leaders all wearing formal attire.

March 2, 2022

Ukraine
Putin’s Catastrophic War of Choice: Lessons Learned (So Far)

Although the situation in Ukraine continues to evolve rapidly, there are already several vital lessons to glean from Russia's incursion into the sovereign territory of its neighbor.

People carry flags and banners at a protest of members of the European Parliament and citizens, including Ukrainian living in Belgium, in support of Ukraine and against the war, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Brussels, Belgium on March 1, 2022.