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Governance & Accountability in the United States

Governance & Accountability in the United States

The Open Society Foundations support efforts to increase government transparency and accountability, and promote an active and engaged public with equal access to information, courts, and the ballot.

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Fifteen Years of Fighting Terror: Lessons for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates

An expert panel discusses alternative approaches to combating terrorism—including less reliance on the military, a tougher line on bad governance, and closer work with civil society.

One Year After the Torture Report, a New Law Says “Never Again”

A year later, it’s worth remembering just how horrific—and ineffective—“enhanced interrogation” turned out to be.

Building “Security”: The Lessons of Foreign Military Assistance to the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Mali

This panel will assess the impact of corruption on the ability of the United States to build the capacity of foreign military forces.

Six Questions the Candidates Must Answer at the Presidential Debate and Beyond

From drug policy to the refugee crisis, voters deserve to know how the people running for president will respond to the world’s most pressing problems.

The Power of Participatory Decision Making  

By involving citizens directly in decisions about how their communities are run, we can make government more responsive and inclusive.

How Obama Can Shed Light on Dark Money in Politics

An executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political giving would improve the lives of poor people and communities of color.

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