Political Transitions

Political Chaos is Knocking Down Barriers in Algeria

The lack of leadership in Algeria has led to an unstable political environment, weakening the structure of the state. An Arab-Spring inspired revolution is underway as protesters challenge the government, as well as the military who has seized political power; for now.

Women’s Participation is Crucial to the Success of the Afghan Peace Process

The Taliban’s inconsistent stance on women's rights, and the near-sighted goal of a quick exit by the current US administration are going to hamper the nature of the peace agreement in Afghanistan.

Demographics are not Destiny: An Interview with David Allison

YPFP Fellowship Editor Benjamin Verdi spoke with Valuegraphics founder David Allison on how data is used in polls -- and what Valuegraphics' particular approach tells us about voter "hearts and minds" around the world.

Understanding the DRC’s Presidential Elections

DRC election results show one of the greatest challenges for the international community, supporting a faltering democracy while expressing concern over potentially inaccurate election results.

Tunisia’s Enduring (But Fragile) Democracy

Tunisia provides a stark rebuttal for anyone who thinks of the Arab Spring as a failure. But democratic institutions do not defend themselves; they need citizens to stand up for them.

Democracy Beyond the Liberal Order

The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania, 1870-1945 Verso’s re-release of Dylan Riley’s 2010 book, The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania, features a new introduction in which Riley succinctly takes on the question of whether President Trump’s authoritarian leanings qualify him as a fascist. His answer…

Populism: A Way Out

Images of migrants pouring in from conflict zones flood our televisions and smartphones.  Frustration over economic inequality is rampant in both developing and developed countries. These are but two crucial reasons for the rise in populism; a fear that is ultimately deep-seated. The current rise in populism is mostly due to an identity crisis brought…

The Catalan Threat to Spanish Democracy

Catalan separatists are effectively holding the stability of Spanish democracy hostage.

Taiwan’s Inexorable Drift from China

While China aggressively pushes for Taiwan to reunify under China, Taiwanese identity continues to decouple from Chinese identity.
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The Brexit Opportunity: How Brexit Can Re-Energize UK Development Policy

As the UK leaves the EU, there are underexplored implications for the UK’s international development policy, with Brexit providing an opportunity for the UK to reduce trade barriers with developing countries and develop a progressive unified trade and development policy.