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A Nation Divided Against Itself: Internal Divisions Fuel U.S. Worsening

BY J.J. MESSNER AND CHARLES FIERTZ More than any previous year, the 2018 Fragile States Index (FSI) has demonstrated that rich and developed countries can be just as prone as any other to the effects of fragility and instability – and the United States is certainly no exception. A combination of political and social turmoil, […]

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The Gambia Demonstrates the Potential of Regional Action

BY PATRICIA TAFT AND IGNATIUS ONYEKWERE The tiny West African nation of The Gambia, a tropical country famed for its beautiful beaches, stunning vistas, and warm hospitality, has had a turbulent few years. Ruled for over two decades by President Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia experienced a progressive slide into authoritarianism from 1994 until late 2016, […]

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Resilience Drives a Remarkable Bounce Back for Mexico

BY MCKENZIE HORWITZ In the previous edition of the Fragile States Index (FSI), Mexico was the most worsened country — a decline in Mexico’s economy, the deteriorating status of refugees, and prevalent political corruption had pushed the country to the 88th position on the FSI in 2017, its worst ranking in over a decade. Indeed, […]

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The Authoritarian’s Playbook: Central Europe’s Slide Toward Illiberalism

BY CHARLES FIERTZ At the beginning of the 21st century, Hungary and Poland were frequently lauded as two of the most successful examples of democratic transitions, emerging from the shadow of communist dictatorships and joining the Euro-Atlantic community through membership in organizations such as NATO and the European Union.[1] Today the two countries are again […]

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Fragile States Index 2018: Issues of Fragility Touch the World’s Richest and Most Developed Countries in 2018

BY J.J. MESSNER It certainly felt like a tumultuous year in 2017. As the wars in Syria and Yemen ratcheted up in intensity, Qatar was suddenly politically, economically and physically isolated from its neighbors, Catalonia moved forward on its attempts to separate from Spain, Venezuela fell further into chaos, the United Kingdom continued to struggle […]

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Digital technologies present new opportunities to ⬆️ the effectiveness of peacekeeping ops. & the safety & security of peacekeepers.

In line w/ #A4P+, the Digital Transformation of UN peacekeeping aims to harness the potential of digital technologies. #PKMinisterial @ROK_Mission

🤖Green tech
👩‍💻Virtual meetings
🚎Smart cities

Digital technologies are already a key part of solutions to the climate crisis.

This week's #IGF2021 explores how a truly green internet can boost #ClimateAction. https://t.co/m3sRzeWzwp

Tomorrow with @NEDemocracy: Youth-led protest movements in West Africa are growing stronger as they push back against repression and injustice. How can they transform their protests into platforms that offer concrete democratic change? #WestAfricaDemocracy

Safeguarding Democracy in West Africa

Join USIP and the National Endowment for Democracy for a virtual discussion on safeguarding democracy in West Africa through youth-led movements. Yout...

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