Democracy Is Still Not Safe in the United States
Recreating democratic values means ditching the excuse of tradition.
Cameroon’s Government Is Deceiving the West While Diverting Foreign Aid
Paul Biya’s regime is ignoring the battle against Boko Haram and the Islamic State and using foreign counterterrorism assistance to fund its brutal repression of citizens with legitimate grievances.
Paul Biya Is Offering Cameroon’s Anglophones Too Little, Too Late
The Cameroonian government is seeking to implement a 1996 law it refused to enact for over two decades. The policy represents a fig leaf, not genuine decentralization, and will not resolve a crisis of Biya’s own making.
For Ghana’s Democracy to Thrive, Citizens Need to Engage
Surveys show Ghanaians have an opportunity to place much more pressure on their representatives than they currently do.
Our Top Weekend Reads
America’s democracy demotion, U.N. peacemaking in the age of plague, and Biden’s Putin challenge.
America’s Democracy Demotion
Pro-democracy groups and foreign governments should be calling out Donald Trump’s attack on the country’s core democratic institutions. They aren’t.
Biden Can’t Stop America’s Democratic Decline
A new administration won’t deliver the changes the country needs. Now it’s up to the U.S. public.
The Power Delusion
U.S.-China competition isn’t just about great-power rivalry. It’s about the ideological battle between democracy and authoritarianism, too.
How to Refute Vote Fraud Claims Like Trump’s
International election monitors have proven ways to verify a disputed vote. Could they work in the United States?
What Trump’s Loss Means for Authoritarian Leaders
From Cairo to Riyadh, autocrats are nervous about what a Biden administration might mean for their relationship with Washington.
What South Africa Can Teach the United States About Repairing a Divided Society
Mature democracies don’t treat political opponents as wartime enemies.
India Would Have Counted the Votes Already
The world’s largest democracy might have some lessons to offer the oldest democracy on how to conduct an election.
10 Problematic Ways in Which U.S. Voting Differs From the World’s
Few Americans have any idea how exotic their election process is.
Don’t Call the Race Too Early
An early declaration of the election result from a partisan network—on the left or right—could trigger violence in the United States.
What International Election Observers Will Be Looking For on Tuesday
At least three groups will be closely monitoring the voting process for even more signs of trouble.
An International Election Observer’s Advice for America: Trust the Process
Used to monitoring elections in fragile states overseas, the Carter Center is turning its attention for the first time to U.S. elections.
Ivory Coast’s Election Could Do Lasting Harm to Democratic Norms in West Africa
While France and the United States turn a blind eye, Alassane Ouattara is rolling back the region’s democratic gains and legitimizing authoritarian rule.
Myanmar’s Elections Won’t Be Free or Fair
Five years after the National League for Democracy won in a landslide, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party fails to live up to its name.
Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies
A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.