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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)."

December 11, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari's Attacks on the Press in Nigeria Continue Unabated

On December 6, the Department of State Security (DSS) stormed into an Abuja courtroom and illegally detained journalist Omoyele Sowore. The episode is deeply disappointing to American friends of Nigeria who are invested in that country’s democratic trajectory. The DSS flagrantly violated the rule of law and the sanctity of a courtroom by violently manhandling Sowore and causing the judge to flee her own chambers. The episode unfurled in full view of national and international media, dragging Nigeria’s international reputation through the mud.

A fight breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria December 6, 2019.

August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
The U.S. Far Right’s Message of Hate Will Not Prevail Outside Its Internet Echo Chamber

The U.S. far right has learned from the self-declared Islamic State to spread its message of hate online. Fortunately, the neo-Nazi message is less likely to spread offline in the United States.

Charlottesville

March 11, 2019

Americas
Lopez Obrador Is Dismantling Democracy in Mexico

His concentration of power in an already strong presidency bodes ill for civil society and fragile institutions.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 26, 2018.

February 13, 2019

United Kingdom
Towards More Gender-Inclusive Parliaments: The UK Embraces Proxy Voting

Last month, the British parliament voted to implement a trial of proxy voting for representatives on parental leave, a small step to make political institutions more gender-sensitive.

Swedish Member European Parliament Jytte Guteland (R) holds her baby as she takes part in a voting session at the European Parliament.

June 17, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Responding to the Chamber of Commerce

[This post is coauthored with Trevor Houser.] The Chamber of Commerce has responded to our analysis, published on Tuesday, of the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act using their Energy Security Risk …

January 23, 2019

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump says he will deliver his second State of the Union address next Tuesday night as planned. The question is, where will he deliver it? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week cit…

SOTU 2019

November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

September 4, 2018

Mexico
Mexico's Female Legislators Are No Silver Bullet for Gender Inequality

Despite achieving near equal representation in congress, Mexico's new female lawmakers still need to fight to put women's issues on an already packed legislative agenda.

Mexican deputies swear in, during the inauguration of the new legislature at the Congress in Mexico City, on August 29, 2018.

August 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
What to Watch for From Southeast Asian States During the Pompeo Trip

Beginning tomorrow, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia for a trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, three important U.S. partners in Southeast Asia. In addition to bilateral meetings…

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