Governance

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Ugandan police and other security forces chase people off the streets to avoid unrest after all public transport was banned for two weeks to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.

AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Opportunistic Repression: Civilian Targeting by the State in Response to COVID-19

    Authors:
  • Donald Grasse
  • Melissa Pavlik
  • Hilary Matfess
  • Travis B. Curtice
| Fall 2021

Opportunistic repression arises when states use crises to suppress the political opposition. An examination of the relationship between COVID-19 shutdown policies and state violence against civilians in Africa, including and a subnational case study of Uganda, tests this theory.

Audio - Right Rising

Youth Gangs and the White Power Movement

| Sep. 15, 2021

Guest Shannon Reid joins Right Rising to discuss youth gang activism within the white power movement in the U.S. — and the historical and contemporary conceptions of gang activity. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Shannon walks us through the geography of white power gangs and gives insight into what drives youths to join these gangs. Bringing her own experiences working with youth gangs, Shannon offers some suggestions about what kinds of interventions may — or may not — be useful when working with white power youth.

Black Americans register to vote in the July 4 Georgia Democratic Primary in Atlanta, Ga., on May 3, 1944. Registrations are increasing in Atlanta as black schools are giving instructions to students in ballot casting procedure.

AP Photo

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

White Supremacy, Terrorism, and the Failure of Reconstruction in the United States

| Summer 2021

White Southerners opposed to Reconstruction used violence to undermine Black political power and force uncommitted white Southerners to their side. Although structural factors made it harder for the U.S. government to suppress this violence, a series of policy failures prompted Reconstruction’s failure and generations of injustice.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump

AP/Alex Brandon

Analysis & Opinions - The Atlantic

How MAGA Extremism Ends

| Jan. 12, 2021

Juliette Kayyem argues that if Trump keeps losing, the risk of future violence will abate. Keeping Trump in office until January 20 won't assuage the supporters who falsely believe that the election was stolen from him, but removing him from office a week early would emphasize that he is losing. Recruitment is easier for a winning team. 

Protest against racism and police violence at the U.S. embassy in Berlin after the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States.

Leonhard Lenz / Wikimedia Commons

Analysis & Opinions

Protest Breadth Are a Novelty in Recent American History

| June 09, 2020

Speaking with NDR Info, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook discusses the roots of systemic racism in the U.S. and how the country has changed since the 1960s, when sustained protests shifted the civil rights landscape. She addresses the impact recent events have had on the American political landscape, as measured in recent polls and  discusses the meaning of solidarity protests across the world and their impact on political discourse in the U.S.

Audio - Harvard Kennedy School

A Historic Crossroads for Systemic Racism and Policing in America

| June 08, 2020

After 400 years of systemic discrimination against black people in America, the volcanic reaction to video of the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has pushed America to another major inflection point in its seemingly endless struggle with race. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, both black people and allies from other racial identities, have taken to the streets to decry police brutality and systemic discrimination, and to demand change. PolicyCast Host Thoko Moyo welcomes Harvard Kennedy School Professors Khalil Muhammad and Erica Chenoweth for a discussion on the demanded change.