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Peacekeeping work: Part II

After conflicts formally end, groups responsible for the most violence are oftentimes different from the warring parties that peacekeepers initially managed. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into how peacekeepers cope with post-conflict violence — despite their limitations.

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Disinformation Wars: Part II

We live in a golden age for professional fact-checkers who expose every made-up statistic or erroneous accusation that passes US political leaders’ lips. This week, Critical State delves into new research that shows how despite all that fact-checking, we also live in a golden age of political lying.

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Disinformation wars: Part I

Disinformation has been a part of regular political communication for as long as there have been politics. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into the dreaded "disinformation threat" and the effect of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election tweets on American voters.

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Getting at the vote: Part II

Incumbent regimes often act to restrict media access for their opponents in the same way that they restrict access to the vote itself. This week, Critical State looks into Kyong Mazzaro's new research on where and when Venezuela restricted media during election periods.

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Getting at the vote: Part I

This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into new research on how governments try to control election outcomes through the diaspora vote. Why do some African countries encourage diaspora voting, others tolerate it and others ban it?

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Revolutions and lasting change: Part I

What separates lasting revolutions from armed uprisings? This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into new research on how revolutions actually function, with a spotlight on arguably the most revolutionary period in American history: Reconstruction.

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