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Democrats filed suit against Republicans in 1981 for allegedly sending armed patrols to polling stations during the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Megan Jelinger/AFP via Getty Images

Armed poll watchers: New Jersey’s cautionary tale ahead of the 2020 presidential election

Republicans are free again to recruit poll watchers – four decades after 'ballot security' operations helped steer New Jersey's 1981 gubernatorial race toward their candidate.
Armed white citizens and police have historically worked together in the U.S., though it’s not clear whether that’s what’s happening here. George Frey/Getty Images

Vigilantism, again in the news, is an American tradition

For many Americans, law and order has long been as much a private matter as something for the government to handle.
Residents of Rosettenville burn household goods from alleged drug dens and brothels in the area. Daily Sun/Lucky Morajane

How South Africa can turn the rising tide against vigilantism

Vigilantism challenges the formal boundary between crime and punishment, between law and justice. But its largely been overlooked as a legal topic worthy of in-depth consideration.
Maintaining law and order in Burundi is proving increasingly difficult as the number of militias organised along ethnic lines increases. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Why the world can’t stand by as Burundi becomes a failed state

The “quick fix” nature of the Arusha Peace Agreement seems to have come back to haunt Burundi. Ethnic protests threaten to tear the country apart, leading it to the path of a failed state.

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