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August 18, 2022

South Korea
Why North Korea Might Reject Yoon Suk-yeol’s Audacious Initiative

There are at least three reasons why the North Koreans are likely to reject South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's "audacious" initiative outlined in his Liberation Day speech. 

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a ceremony to celebrate Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, at the presidential office square in Seoul, South Korea, August 15, 2022.

August 1, 2022

United States
The Perils of the Midterms: For Both Parties, and for the United States’ Political Future

Republicans and Democrats are at risk of taking the wrong messages from November, putting U.S. politics in an even worse place

City employees set up voting booths the day before primary elections in Birmingham, Michigan

July 8, 2022

Japan
Japan's Shocking Loss

Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was assassinated on July 8.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan.

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