Sam Ratner

Sam Ratner writes The World's Critical State newsletter.

He is also a contributing editor Zitamar News and graduate a of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Sam writes about civil wars, statebuilding, southern Africa and progressive security policy.

Recent Stories

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When reform hasn't worked: Part II

Does de-escalation training for police reduce violence? A survey of 64 evaluations of de-escalation training programs conducted over 40 years says … we have no idea. Critical State's Sam Ratner looks at why police reform can feel like a mirage.

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When reform hasn't worked: Part I

The recent history of police reform in America is not encouraging. One area of policing that draws special attention from anti-violence advocates is the stationing of police in schools — especially in schools where the students are majority black.

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The power of protest: Part II

Critical State looks at the power and impact of protests over time. As today’s protesters lay out their demands for public safety systems that severely curb police capabilities for violence, economists Jamein Cunningham and Rib Gillezeau offer insight into the stakes of their struggle.

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The power of protest: Part I

Critical State looks at the power of protest to lead to lasting change. According to new research by Omar Wasow, the power of protests to set agendas is high, it seems, but its power to persuade is limited.

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It’s time for the US to rethink Huntington’s philosophy: Part I

Critical State's next two editions of Deep Dive examine recent critiques of famed political scientist Samuel Huntington’s work and the role he continues to play in shaping American security policy. Political scientist Risa Brooks takes aim at Huntington's "The Soldier and the State” for the paradoxes that its recommendations cause for members of the military.

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