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From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals

Categories: Crime/Justice,Democracy/Peace

One in a series of papers resulting from the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.  Calls for returning police to the role  envisioned by Plato as guardians of democratic society.  From the National Institute of Justice and the Kennedy School at Harvard.


Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People: Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,United Nations

Assesses the effectiveness of the organization which is carrying out 40 missions across four continents.  Examines the gap between what is being asked of UN peace operations and what they are able to deliver.  Calls for four shifts in design and delivery of future UN peace operations.  From the United Nations


Trends in Political Participation

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Great Britain,Science/Technology

Discusses trends in political participation in the United Kingdom, how new forms such as online activism are replacing older forms such as party membership, and how UK institutions are responding.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Prospects for Democracy in Hong Kong: The 2017 Election Reforms

Categories: China,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

Discusses the current status of efforts to move Hong Kong toward greater democratization through election of the chief executive and legislative council by universal suffrage.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya: A Hybrid Approach

Categories: Arab,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Libya

Since the fall of Muammar Gadhafi, Libya has become more violent.  This report examines the role of customary law and the potential of restorative justice in a transitional setting between chaos and democracy.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Enduring Leadership in a Dynamic World: Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review 2015

Categories: Climate Change,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs,Terrorism

Provides a blueprint for promoting America’s interests in economic development, global security, and human rights as the backbone of American foreign policy.  Also outlines four global policy priorities: supporting democracy, opposing violent extremism, advancing inclusive economic growth, and adapting to climate change.  From the State Department


Libyan Television and Its Influence on the Security Sector

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Libya,Religion/Ethics

Examines the extent to which polarization in the media reinforces polarization in the security sector in Libya.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Myanmar: Anatomy of a Political Transition

Categories: Asia,Democracy/Peace

Examines elements of the transition of Myanmar from authoritarian to more democratic rule and whether this experience offers guidance for future democratic transitions elsewhere.  From the United States Institute of Peace


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