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April 6, 2021

Democracy
Democracy Tested: Democratic Backsliding in Latin America, With Steven Levitsky

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast Demonstrators from various social movements protest against democracy and against the right-wing presidential candidate for Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on Paulista Avenue in the city of Sao Paulo. October 20, 2018.

March 30, 2021

Democracy
Democracy Tested: Democratic Backsliding in India, With Pratap Bhanu Mehta

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast Women farmers attend a protest against farm laws on the occasion of International Women's Day at Bahadurgar near Haryana-Delhi border, India, March 8, 2021.

March 23, 2021

Democracy
Democracy Tested: Democratic Backsliding in Europe, With Ivan Krastev

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast A woman holds a Polish Constitution during a protest in favour of European Commission move urging EU leaders to press forward with disciplinary action against Poland for allegedly violating rule-of-law standards in front of the Courts in Krakow.

March 16, 2021

Democracy
Democracy Tested: Democratic Crises in U.S. History, With Suzanne Mettler

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast The US Capital is seen as National Guard and US Capitol Police stand guard on February 08, 2021 in Washington, DC.

March 9, 2021

Democracy
Democracy Tested: The Global Democratic Recession, With Yascha Mounk

In this special series of The President’s Inbox on the future of democracy, James M. Lindsay speaks with experts to discuss whether and where democratic governance is faltering around the world. This…

Podcast A protestor holds a sign reading "Respect democracy ! Count every vote" during a demonstration a day after the US Presidential Election in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2020. - Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden on November 4 neared the magic number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House with several battleground states still in play, as incumbent President Donald Trump challenged the vote count.

April 7, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Vaccine Passports: What to Know

Some governments and businesses are starting to use digital and paper passes that certify a person has been immunized against COVID-19, spurring debate over the ethics of vaccine passports.

April 1, 2021

International Law
Save the Olympics, Again

In May 1984, I published an op-ed in The New York Times entitled, “To Save Olympics.” It called for the depoliticization of the Olympics through an international treaty that would establish permanent…

March 26, 2021

United States
How the U.S. Patrols Its Borders

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

An aerial photo of a line of people sitting near a white pickup truck. They are facing a border barrier.

March 19, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 11, 2021

Heads of State and Government
Tanzanian President Magufuli’s Veneer of Omniscience in Critical Condition

A story published yesterday in Kenyan newspaper the Nation suggests—though does not confirm—that Tanzanian President John Magufuli was flown into Kenya and admitted to a hospital in Nairobi to receive treatment for COVID-19.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli, standing at a red podium with his country's coat of arms, gives a speech after re-election. He is flanked by a soldier in a red uniform and one other official wearing professional dress.