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Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project. Her new book, A Savage Order, explores extreme violence in democracies: why it comes about, why it persists, and successful case studies for change.

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This week on Rule of Law Talk, we discuss the state of the rule of law in Mexico, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the new Mexican president: Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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In recent years, the world has witnessed a worrying pattern of many democracies shifting toward authoritarianism. In 2017, WJP’s Rule of Law Index saw a majority of countries decline in rule of law, particularly with respect to constraints on executive power and protection of fundamental rights. What can be done to protect constitutional democracies from countervailing authoritarian forces?

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In light of the U.S. Senate’s deliberations on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, Professor Jack Knight of Duke University and World Justice Project executive director Betsy Andersen discuss the United States’ process of judicial selection, the role it plays in ensuring accountability and independence, and compare the U.S. approach with other methods around the world.

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