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Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We Are the Last Defense Against Trump

America's institutions weren't designed to resist a modern strongman. That leaves civil society.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks in Colombo on May 18, 2015 in commemoration of those who died six years ago in battles between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters and government troops at the end of the three decades old separatist conflict.  Rajapaksa urged against any separatist wars in the future. The sixth anniversary of the killing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is being marked in the first anniversary of the event under the new government of President Sirisena. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

Sri Lanka's authoritarian former president is on the brink of a political resurgence. His electoral success would put a halt to the country's already troubled political reform process.



The decision by the country’s president to seek a third term has sparked a political and humanitarian crisis — one that may extend well beyond the country’s borders.


Memo to Tunis: Beware Untimely Propaganda

Tunisian politician ponders whether his nation can be an island of stability in the Mideast and North Africa. We're going with no.

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