19 Mar 2019

A Constitution Should Help A Country Govern, Not Hobble It

The United States and India, two of the world’s largest and oldest democracies, are both

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12 Mar 2019

Border Walls Are Symbols Of Failure

From feudal fortresses to contemporary border barriers, walls have always offered more symbolic value than

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25 Jan 2019

The Case For Open Borders

Is a world without borders an idea so crazy it just might work? Scholars weigh

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25 Jan 2019

In A World Becoming More Polarized, Europe Must Stay United

This year’s edition of the Global Risks Report points out an existential need for a cooperative, multistakeholder

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24 Jan 2019

Davos 2019 Key Moments For Day Three

As expected, this year’s World Economic Forum continues to illuminate environmental, economic and societal issues

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17 Jan 2019

Need To Solve A Border Dispute? Look To Ethiopia Or Uzbekistan

Border disputes have recently taken on renewed importance, threatening political crisis in the UK, US

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15 Jan 2019

The Recipe For Secession: What Makes Nations Leave

Secession doesn’t come from one event but is borne of economic disparities, identity crises, legislative failure,

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09 Jan 2019

Democracy Is Facing Strong Headwinds In 2019

2018 confirmed the trend: liberal democracy is weakening throughout the globe. Latin America is no

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08 Jan 2019

Seven Charts That Show The World Is Actually Becoming A Better Place

Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across

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11 Dec 2018

When The State Is Unjust, Citizens May Use Justifiable Violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old

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10 Dec 2018

Human Rights 70 Years On: Important Victories As Well As Major Misses

According to Amnesty International, human rights continue to deteriorate. CIVICUS – an umbrella body for

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30 Nov 2018

Does The G20 Summit Really Make A Difference? World Leaders Reckon It Does

“The secret to success is sincerity. Learn to fake that, and you’ve got it made.”

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28 Nov 2018

Could Blockchain Voting Fix Democracy?

There’s no shortage of debate about the role tech has played in politics. From misinformation

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26 Nov 2018

Why Are So Many Government Projects Late And Over Budget?

Ironically, it can happen because managers skip steps in an effort to go faster. State

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22 Nov 2018

These Are The 8 Major Forces Shaping The Future Of The Global Economy

The world is changing faster than ever before. With billions of people hyper-connected to each

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20 Nov 2018

The Non-Brits Guide To Brexit (Because It Affects You Too)

The European Union is arguably the world’s most powerful bloc. But it’s about to lose

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09 Nov 2018

World Politics Explainer: The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

This article is part of our series of explainers on key moments in the past

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09 Nov 2018

What Do States Have Against Cities, Anyway?

For as long as there have been cities and state legislatures in this country, the

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07 Nov 2018

Do Sister Cities Matter?

Sister cities may seem like mere symbolic pairings, but many actually share meaningful ties that

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06 Nov 2018

Ballot Position: It Matters

Did you know that ballot position can have an effect on voting? The first-listed candidate

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30 Oct 2018

What History Reveals About Surges In Anti-Semitism & Anti-Immigrant Sentiments

The shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh is believed to be the

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27 Oct 2018

Why Are U.S. Borders Straight Lines?

More than a century before the U.S. Civil War, between 1735 and 1737, Maryland and

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22 Oct 2018

How To Get People To Vote

In the United States midterm elections, it is common for as few as 40% of

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08 Oct 2018

America Has Become A Gerontocracy. We Must Change That.

The United States has a gerontocracy problem. This was clearly demonstrated in the recent hearings

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21 Sep 2018

What Part Of “Brexit Now” Don’t You Understand?

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking

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19 Sep 2018

Why Cities Rule The World

Cities are the 21st century’s dominant form of civilization — and they’re where humanity’s struggle for survival

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18 Sep 2018

Humanity Is More Important Than Money — It’s Time For Capitalism To Get An Upgrade

What capitalism prioritizes, the world does more of. So how can we change capitalism so

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18 Sep 2018

Under What Circumstances Is Inequality OK?

As two years since Brits voted for Brexit is checked off the calendar, the thick

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14 Sep 2018

Why The Actions Of Cities — Not Nations — Will Be The Key To Our Survival On Earth

While some world leaders resist global cooperation, city leaders are working across borders to tackle

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13 Sep 2018

Why Diversity Is Vital For A Healthy Democracy

Democracy demands a robust contest of ideas to thrive, and diversity is the best way

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11 Sep 2018

What Would Adam Smith Think Of Modern Inequality?

The “father of modern economics” saw a role for a well-run government that used taxes

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04 Sep 2018

A Beleaguered Britain Takes Comfort In Nostalgia For Empire

The British empire never lacked contradictions. A global juggernaut standing with its military boot on

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27 Aug 2018

Torpedoing Africa, And Then Complaining About ‘Migration’

European countries are still shaping the lives of millions of Africans, determining both their present

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16 Aug 2018

The Enemy Between Us: How Inequality Erodes Our Mental Health

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other. When people

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15 Aug 2018

World Poverty Has Plummeted—But Will It Ever Disappear?

Few will deny 2017 was a rough year. But believe it or not, we’re still

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14 Aug 2018

Why Politics Needs Hope (But No Longer Inspires It)

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the word ‘hope’ was ubiquitous in Western politics.

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03 Aug 2018

What Hope For The Millennial Generation In Politics?

Millennials are confronted by political systems that don’t look like them, speak like them or

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24 Jul 2018

How 156 Years Of British Rule Shaped Hong Kong

Even though Britain gave Hong Kong back to China 21 years ago, today when you

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02 Jul 2018

Sanctuary Cities Are As Old As The Bible

Sanctuary cities like New York and Los Angeles protect undocumented migrants from deportation. The concept

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02 Jul 2018

Should States Have Their Own Foreign Policy?

A new paper raises crucial legal and political questions about states having their own foreign

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27 Jun 2018

How Consumerism Sold Democracy To Postwar Germany

After World War II, the United States was battling the Soviet Union for cultural influence.

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26 Jun 2018

Why Peace Walls & Other Social Frontiers Can Breed Crime & Conflict In Cities

In several cities across Northern Ireland, so-called “peace walls” mark the boundaries between Catholic and

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16 Apr 2018

How To Assess Political Stability? Follow The Bread Path

When Egyptians were protesting in 2011, they held up piece of bread and demanded “bread, freedom

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20 Feb 2018

Eurasia, The supercontinent That Will Define Our Century

The end of the Cold War was supposed to inaugurate Europe’s age of reconciliations, when

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05 Feb 2018

Why Does The US Have 800 Military Bases Around The World?

The US has roughly 800 military bases around the globe: from massive military compounds to

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24 Jan 2018

Four Reasons Why Corruption Matters

More than a trillion dollars are stolen from the world’s poorest countries every year, which is such a

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08 Jun 2017

As Trump Dumps Paris Accord, U.S Cities Must Now Take Its Own Lead

Build dense. Build near transit. Rinse and repeat. President Trump’s decision to pull out of

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24 Jan 2017

The 5 Kinds Of Cities We’ll See In The Populist Era

Will your city go into triage mode, double down on progressive policies, or flex its

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30 Jun 2016

Is The UK Really European Or Not? A Short History.

  1948 “We cannot aim at anything less than the Union of Europe as a

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09 Nov 2015

A Brief History Of The Rise & Fall Of The Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East

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