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‘Democracy in the Balance’ Series Finale Examines ‘Frontiers of Democratic Reform’

In the third and final panel in “Democracy in the Balance,” a series of virtual discussions about democratic vulnerability and resilience in the United States, “Frontiers of Democratic Reform” on April 20 will explore the practical steps that can be taken to guard against democratic backsliding in the United States and bolster the integrity of a functional national government.

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The Science Media Centre at 20

The UK’s Science Media Centre (SMC) is an internationally admired, and occasionally emulated, model for facilitating interactions between the science […]

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Failures of Imagination: Four Experts on Science’s COVID Response So Far

The World Health Organization declared COVID a pandemic on March 11 2020. In the two years since, countries have diverged on their containment strategies, introducing many different ways of mitigating the virus, to varying effect. Here, four health experts look at what has worked well, what mistakes scientists and policymakers made, and what needs to be done to protect human health from here on.

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New Statement Supports Academic Inquiry by Actors Both On and Off Campus

More than 90 organizations based in higher education, ranging from the American Council on Education and American Association of University Professors to the Yes We Must Coalition and EDUCAUSE, have signed a statement supporting “academic inquiry and debate” on American campuses.

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Vladimir Putin in 2018

How Does Putin Think?

David Canter considers the sorts of psychological processes that may be shaping Vladimir Putin’s actions.

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People at rally on January 6 leaning on barricades on East Capitol lawn before siege of capitol

Let’s Define ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’

Looking at the entirety of what occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, it’s clear that there was both legitimate protest and illegitimate political violence. When political violence replaces political discourse, and when political leaders refuse to play by the democratic rules of the game, democracies weaken, and may even die.

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