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July 1, 2020

Political History and Theory
Living in History

Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to…

Podcast Hong Kong protester reads book while sitting

June 30, 2020

Syria
U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the lead…

Two adults and two children walk by a destroyed building on which images of the novel coronavirus have been spray painted in Idlib, Syria.

June 25, 2020

Conflict Prevention
Peace, Conflict, and COVID-19

The Center for Preventive Action has created this resource for those seeking information and analysis about the effects of COVID-19 on peace and conflict.

Three men wearing protective clothing and masks--two of whom have guns--stand guard in front of cars parked in the middle of a debris-ridden street during a twenty-four hour curfew in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 6, 2020.

June 25, 2020

Economics
Global Growth Tracker: World Economies by GDP

This tracker charts the economic growth performance through time of ninety-one countries around the globe.

June 25, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

June 24, 2020

U.S. Congress
FISA’s Current Controversies and Room for Improvement (Part Two)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has become almost impossibly political. In part two of our two-part series on FISA, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency Glenn Gerst…

U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Examining the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."

June 23, 2020

United Kingdom
Who Should Benefit From Private American and British Reparations for Slavery?

The movement against anti-black racism has made reparations an important element of the conversation on race relations, both in the United States and in Europe. Those who suffered should benefit from reparations, including those in post-colonial states.

A man wearing a bike helmet and holding his bike takes pictures with his phone of the pedestal that formerly held a statue of Edward Colston. In the background is the structure on which the statue was held, with bronze statues and with a black lives matter sign visible.

June 23, 2020

Technology and Innovation
The “Defund the Police” Movement and the Future of Digital Policing

The demand for radical change in law enforcement raises questions about what a transformation of police authority, power, and accountability would mean for the use of digital technologies in policing…

A New York Police Department officer watches video feeds in the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative facility in New York September 1, 2011.

June 23, 2020

Corruption
Why Governance Matters in the Time of COVID-19

Transparency, accountability, and trust matter now more than ever.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro as they maintain social distance in front of the National Congress, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil.

June 23, 2020

Mexico
The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

Migrant families wait in line to seek asylum with U.S. Border Patrol agents in Hidalgo, Texas.