Armed demonstrators attend a rally in front of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing to protest the governor’s stay-at-home order on May 14, 2020.
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Everyone's saying it: 'Democracy is fragile' in the United States. But a political science scholar says that has always been the case.
Riot police face off against protesters in Lima, Peru, Nov. 12, 2020.
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After becoming Peru's third president in six days, Francisco Sagasti must both lead the country into elections and build a better democracy. It's a test Peruvian leaders largely failed 20 years ago.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana’s president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the tiny South American country.
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Tiny Guyana hoped to see unprecedented wealth this year as ExxonMobil's offshore wells began pumping out crude. Instead, it got a pandemic and political strife. Other oil states are struggling, too.
Lesotho’s embattled prime minister deployed troops onto the streets in April, ostensibly to ‘restore order’.
South Africa’s numerous interventions in Lesotho contribute to the acrimonious nature of its political culture.
The leaders of Spain’s PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, and Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, shake hands after signing an accord to form a new coliation government.
Spain's proposed coalition could succeed, even without a majority in parliament.
Instability is the norm in politics.
Our current politically turbulent times in the US are difficult – but not unusual. History shows that fragility is the norm. Get used to it. What is unusual are moments of calm.
SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Siemens chief Joe Kaeser flank Trump as they praise him for his tax cut.
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The billionaires, business leaders and other elites who gathered in Davos praised the president's policies, yet research on the politics of economic growth suggests it's too soon to celebrate.
Lesotho voters wait patiently to cast their ballot.
Politics in Lesotho can look incredibly complicated, with a mish-mash of competing political parties and repeated military interventions. It’s a mess, but it’s not that hard to unravel.
Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, by Vasily Perov (1872).
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When penning his novel 'Demons,' Fyodor Dostoevsky was influenced by political turmoil in Russia. But his impulsive, crass antagonist bears a striking similarity to the GOP's candidate for president.
Cattle drink water from an almost dry dam in South Africa. The drought in the region is one of a number of troubling issues that remain largely hidden from public sight.
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the gathering gloom…
Violence has become a normal part of life in Somalia and some other countries.
A growing field of policy analysis now focuses on reducing armed violence. Remarkable consensus has emerged at high policy levels around the basic elements of an approach to reduce violence.
A man walks among crosses outside Pretoria, South Africa, representing farmers killed in violent attacks.
South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.