How America’s Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery
They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction.
These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can,Too.
Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.
Tearing Down Statues Won’t Undo History
From the Berlin Wall to Confederate monuments, destroying a historic marker means destroying a learning opportunity.
The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm
Attacks on cell phone towers are merely the latest evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.
China Ridicules U.S. Protests Out of Fear of Its Own People
The Chinese Communist Party crushes demonstrations—and with it shuts off change.
If Americans Grappled Honestly With Their History, Would Any Monuments Be Left Standing?
The furor over police abuse of Black communities is raising new questions about the original sin of America’s Founding Fathers.
Democrats Face Foreign-Policy Reckoning in New York Race
Powerful House committee leader Eliot Engel confronts a progressive challenge that has split the Democratic Party.
Calls for Police Reform Are Getting Louder—Here Is How to Do It
The United States’ chronic police brutality problem can be solved using evidence and data.
America’s Politicized Military Is a Recipe for Disaster
Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics, including the election campaign.
As the World Marches for American Victims, Police Brutality in Africa Goes Unnoticed
A spate of killings in Nigeria under lockdown has produced little but hashtag activism.
Veterans Fear Trump Will Use Military as Election Gambit
Trump resuming campaign rallies has veterans nervous that U.S. troops could find themselves in the political crossfire.
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The coronavirus brings additional health concerns, Israeli democracy is threatened by the West Bank annexation, and protests in Europe bring issues of racism to the fore.
Will U.S. Protests and Crackdowns Damage America’s Global Image?
Trump’s reaction to Black Lives Matter protests caused a civil-military crisis at home. Will it harm U.S. soft power abroad?
The World Is Watching America’s Reaction to the George Floyd Protests
Pro-democracy activists in authoritarian countries always pointed to the United States as a model. After police attacks on protesters, it has become increasingly hard to do so.
U.S. Begins Iraq Talks With One Eye on Graft
The State Department is concerned about the progress of Iraqi judicial reforms and the anti-corruption fight, according to a new report.
Serpico on Police Racism: ‘We Have This Virus Among Us’
A renowned “good cop” says police abuse and corruption are like the coronavirus, infecting departments throughout the world.
Pentagon Won’t Disclose Cost of D.C. Troops
The Defense Department falls short of a deadline set by seven Senate Democrats but says it is working on a response detailing the expense of sending U.S. troops to Washington.
Demonstrations Prompt National Security Community Push for Diversity
In a letter, more than 150 organizations and practitioners in the national security and foreign-policy communities pledged to add more diversity to their ranks and boards of directors.
U.N. Reverses Ban on Staff Participation in Anti-Racism Protests
The secretary-general changes course on staffers’ participation in demonstrations against police brutality in the United States, citing a U.N. history of fighting discrimination.