The crisis of democracy and governance

Happy (?) Birthday

Happy (?) Birthday

  The United Nations turned 75 this year—but the pandemic overwhelmed its birthday party. The UN, built in a different world, has succeeded in...

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Migrants (barely) Surviving

Migrants (barely) Surviving

 Like a great magician, the pandemic has drawn our attention away from things that are hiding in plain sight. One of those has been the plight of...

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Power to the People

Power to the People

“What building a state and what building a society means … is for people to come together, discuss, and agree on a shared way forward.” “When they...

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Africa Agonistes

Africa Agonistes

South Sudan celebrated its hard-won independence in 2011, but today is considered one of the most fragile, even failed states in the world.  What...

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Sometimes History Rhymes

Sometimes History Rhymes

One hundred years ago to the month, the collapsing Ottoman Empire was finally out of its misery in the Treaty of Sevre. However, in an echo of...

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