Democracy

Korea, America & Providential Duty

Last week a delegation of delightful South Korean students visited our office.  They all stood respectfully when I arrived, took…

Africa Human Rights
Turn to Africa

For America today to truly be America, it must be the world’s leading proponent of human rights at home and abroad. It is when it answers this great national vocation (first glimpsed by the nation’s founders) that America most fully gives expression to what, in seed, it has been from the very start.

Opinion Polls
Don’t Trust Opinion Polls: UK Edition

Before the UK’s General Election in May 2015, the opinion polls had “herded” into a consensus, but they were very wrong. A recent inquiry explains why.

Africa Slum
Six Challenges Facing Africa in 2016

While I am an optimist with regard to global poverty alleviation, my optimism is sorely tested when it comes to my beloved birth continent, Africa.

Umbrella Revolution Sign for Defending Democracy
Wearied by Democracy

There are consequences to a foreign policy that is less committed to promoting democracy and less interested in buttressing an international system built on democratic ideals. It stands to reason that when the world’s strongest exponent of democracy and freedom pulls back, the democratic tide will lose momentum.

Poland Constitutional Crisis
Poland’s “Constitutional Crisis”: Less and More Serious than it Appears

A judicial crisis is growing throughout the democracies, and Poland is simply the first to take action. Some measures do raise concerns, but the larger crisis is what needs discussion.

Optimistic in India
Why I Am More Optimistic Than Ever

Bad stuff will continue to happen around the world in 2016. But there are good reasons to be optimistic.

European Project
End of the European Project?

Two years after the Ukrainian revolution that eventually ousted its thuggish president, enthusiasm for the European project has reached a new low.

Putin, Trump & Anglo-American Democracy

Recently Donald Trump ignited controversy by responding to praise from Vladmir Putin with his own praise for the strength of…