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January 12, 2021

Transition 2021
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

By now you no doubt have heard that President Donald Trump will skip President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. Given Trump’s role in inciting last week’s mob attack on the Capitol Buil…

Capitol

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

Myanmar voter

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

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 15, 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

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 …

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.

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