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June 30, 2022

Pro-Democracy Movement Persists in Sudan

Sudan's June 30 demonstrations reflect citizens' desire for civilian control of the state, and the junta's discomfort with expressions of popular will.

Several protesters march with their hands raised and flags waving down the streets of Sudan.

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 22, 2022

Security Alliances
The G7, NATO, and the Future of the West

Rather than making democracy a litmus test, G7 and NATO leaders would gain more traction by focusing on the need for all countries to defend the fundamental rules of the international system grounded…

G7 leaders pose in front of their national flags for a family photo during a NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on March 24, 2022.

June 14, 2022

Technology and Innovation
The Future of the Quad’s Technology Cooperation Hangs in the Balance

The United States is a major collaborator on artificial intelligence (AI) research with other members of the Quad, but, according to a new report, research collaboration on AI between the other membe…

The four leaders of the quad stand in front of a wood background with the flags of all four countries behind them.

June 21, 2022

Technology and Innovation
Stop the “Stop the Killer Robot” Debate: Why We Need Artificial Intelligence in Future Battlefields

Efforts to ban military use of artificial intelligence internationally are built on erroneous assumptions and would have an adverse effect on the ability of law-abiding nations to defend themselves.

Lloyd Austin gestures in front of a podium with an American flag on the left in the photo.

May 19, 2022

Priyanka Chaturvedi: India’s Majoritarian Turn Hurts Its Democracy

India’s many political parties represent the country’s great diversity. But India’s turn toward majoritarianism poses risks for its democracy.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from the Shiv Sena party

May 10, 2022

The Nigerian State Is the Greatest Threat to Nigerian Democracy

As the race for the Nigerian presidency takes shape, the fate of Nigeria itself hangs in the balance.

Nigerian President Buhari wearing a traditional purple gown gesturing with his right arm surrounded by people.

April 21, 2022

The Philippines Election: A Critical Moment for Philippine Democracy

The Philippines’ upcoming presidential election is likely to bring to power the son of the country’s longtime dictator and may end Philippine democracy.

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lipa, Batangas province, Philippines, April 20, 2022.

April 27, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Karuna Nundy: India Has a Strong Constitution, but Its Democracy Is Weakening

India’s constitution guarantees the rights to have a good life, vote, and speak freely, but these are not always respected, leading to an erosion of democracy.

Karuna Nundy, Advocate at the Supreme Court of India

March 31, 2022

Nigerian Democracy in Peril as Country Descends Into Lawlessness

On Monday March 28, 2022, some gunmen launched a deadly attack on a Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Abuja-Kaduna evening train carrying an estimated 398 passengers. After detonating explosives on the track (and possibly inside the train according to conflicting reports in the local media), the gunmen surrounded the immobilized train and started discharging their firearms into the carriages. It took at least an hour before a detachment of the Nigerian military came to the rescue of the passengers, who had cowered under their seats as the bandits fired incessantly. The incident left at least eight people dead—among them a young medical doctor Chinelo Megafu and Musa Lawal-Ozigi, secretary-general of the country’s Trade Union Congress—and at least another forty-one hospitalized, while the yet unidentified assailants also captured some of the passengers.

Officers walk on the street wearing military attire and police uniforms.