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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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Changing Constitutional Law in the Post-Scalia Era: Lessons from the Past for the Future  

Award-winning constitutional scholar David Cole discusses his new book, Engines of Liberty, which explores how citizen activists have successfully shaped constitutional law.

Talking About Race: What Is Progress? Reflections One Year Later

As part of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore’s Talking About Race series, panelists discuss what meaningful change in Baltimore would look like on the anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising.

U.S. Military Assistance and Children’s Rights Violations: Lessons from Afghanistan

This expert panel will explore the record of conditionality on U.S. aid to Afghanistan and the practical steps that can be taken to improve implementation of U.S. laws relating to military assistance.

The Loophole That Lets the U.S. Government Fund the Use of Child Soldiers

Since 2008, it’s been illegal for the United States to support militaries that use child soldiers, but a special provision of the law effectively renders it toothless.

What Scalia Would Have Wanted the Senate to Do

Justice Scalia decried the intrusion of politics into judicial appointments. The Senate should follow his lead.

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.

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