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Young Americans today are more likely to say that they’re dissatisfied with the current state of affairs. LightField Studios/Shutterstock.com

Why are kids today less patriotic?

A teen asks why so many young people don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or the national anthem. The data shows that young Americans today do view the U.S. more negatively than older generations.
Slogans and soundbites are a key feature of Ghanaian political campaigns. Wikimedia Commons

The role played by soundbites in Ghana’s elections

Considering the competitive nature of party politics in Ghana, campaign strategies that evoke emotion and prepare voters remain one of the priorities of political parties.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019. AP/Presidential Press Service

So you want to be an autocrat? Here’s the 10-point checklist

Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.
Distribution of public goods like solar panels can be influenced by political elements. Wikimedia Commons

How Ghanaian civil servants sought to resist political pressure

Contrary to stereotypes of nepotism and corruption, African governments such as Ghana's work hard to respond to need over politics. They can mostly resist politics, but not entirely.
Lebanese protesters formed a 105-mile human chain connecting geographically and religiously diverse cities across the country, Oct. 27. 2019. AP Photo/Bilal Hussein

Lebanon uprising unites people across faiths, defying deep sectarian divides

Lebanon's 1989 peace deal ended a civil war by sharing political power between religious factions. That created a society profoundly divided by religion – something today's protesters hope to change.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on September 25. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump has upended the long history of US investment in Ukraine’s democracy

Multiple American presidents have viewed US support of Ukraine's security and democracy as critical to the national interest. President Trump's dealings with Ukraine are a major divergence.
Is the voting booth a stumbling block? AP Photo/John Minchillo

Voting could be the problem with democracy

Randomly selecting citizens to take turns governing offers the promise of reinvigorating struggling democracies, making them more responsive to citizen needs and preferences.

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