In Washington, D.C. this week, Saa*, an 18-year old student, will recount her recent escape from the Boko Haram. Saa is part of the group of 300 schoolgirls who drew worldwide headlines when they were abducted by the Islamic terrorist group. This will be the first public appearance by any Continue →
In the run-up to the 2012 elections, Republican candidates spent more on political contributions than their Democratic counterparts for the first time in a decade, transferring $54 million from candidate committees to parties or other candidates.
On the Democratic side, similar transfers peaked at $76.3 million in the 2008 cycle, after growing Continue →
Why does doubt and conjecture still shroud a nation that for six decades we have studied, worked against, then allied with, then clashed with again? The answer that I’ve come to after studying the Chinese for 40 years is that the problem is not China, but us, says Michael Pillsbury, Continue →
This is the third installment of “Petitions to watch” featuring cases up for consideration at the Court’s September 29 “Long Conference.” Because the Court has not considered new petitions since the end of June, the number of petitions slated for review at the September 29 Conference is quite large – more Continue →
What has gone wrong with the dream of democracy’s transformational potential? What stands out is a generalized disillusionment with the ability of democracy to provide public goods, the key functions that people expect of their governments, argues Alina Rocha Menocal, a research fellow at the London-based Overseas Development Institute: While Continue →
Concerns are rising that efforts to protect citizens from foreign surveillance will Balkanize the digital world. Blocking websites, bottling up information so it cannot flow freely around the world and ramping up the monitoring of people who are online are becoming increasingly common ways to manage the internet – and Continue →
Western policy-makers and academics have focused in recent years on the need to provide an effective counter-narrative to the global jihadist movement, say two leading analysts. The common threads in radicalization literature suggest a critical element of the counter-narrative should be undermining the theological authenticity of jihadist ideology, Rashad Ali Continue →