Governance and Rule of Law
- ReportApr 19, 2016
On May 20, Tsai Ing-wen from the Democratic People’s Progressive Party (DPP) will be inaugurated president in Taiwan. A key concern of the United States is whether relations between Taiwan and China will remain stable or see a resurgence of tensions. During the presidential campaign, Tsai pledged that she would “maintain the status quo” in cross-Strait relations.
- CommentaryBy David ThroupMar 18, 2016
The people of Zanzibar go to the polls on March 20 to choose a new president and government for the second time in five months. The previous election was annulled three days after the vote, in what was widely seen as a move by elements within the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) to prevent an imminent opposition victory.
- CommentaryBy Daniel F. Runde, Moises RendonMar 15, 2016
The Northern Triangle of Central America, consisting of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, suffers from weak and often failing judicial and law enforcement systems.
- CommentaryBy Marc Frey, Whitney ShinkleMar 4, 2016
Though international development experts rarely agree upon anything, most accept that effective and accountable government institutions, including security institutions, are a prerequisite for other development.
- ReportBy Haim MalkaJan 15, 2016
Morocco’s record over the last two decades demonstrates that widespread public protest can spur the monarchy to accelerate political reforms. Constitutional reforms in early 2011 helped stabilize Morocco at a time of spreading instability across the Middle East and North Africa.
- CommentaryDec 2, 2015
The rise of ISIS and its success in mobilizing scores of foreign fighters and supporters have once again put the issue of combating extremists’ ideology front and center. In the wake of a devastating attack, like the recent ones in Paris and Bamako, military, intelligence, and law enforcement approaches dominate the initial response.
- ReportBy Jennifer G. Cooke, Derek SchlickeisenNov 16, 2015
The illicit trade in wildlife products has undergone a dramatic escalation in the last decade, developing into a multibillion dollar global criminal enterprise that is increasingly militarized, sophisticated, and deadly. In Africa, poaching and trafficking in ivory and rhino horn have had a devastating impact on conservation efforts.
- ReportBy Carl MeachamNov 16, 2015
In December 2015, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced a historic change: the United States and Cuba would begin to normalize their bilateral relationship, opening formal diplomatic channels between the two countries for the first time in decades. So much has happened in the intervening months. The two presidents met in person at the Summit of the Americas.
- ReportNov 16, 2015
Food insecurity is both a consequence and a cause of conflict, making it inexorably linked with political stability at regional, national, and international levels. Lack of access to affordable food has proven to trigger revolutions and spark unrest across the world.
- ReportNov 16, 2015
International development assistance has been a critical tool for expanding political freedom, economic progress, and global security since the Marshall Plan following World War II. The security challenges facing the United States are broad and varied, and an effective administration will use the full array of tools at its disposal.