Good Governance

Family sitting at table (© Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Americans adapt to social distancing to fight coronavirus

As Americans keep their distance from one another to slow the spread of the 2019 coronavirus, they also reimagine and reinvent daily routines.
Women wearing masks walking next to 'vote here' sign (© Paul Sancya/AP Images)

Swing states keep campaigns guessing

U.S. presidential candidates have to win states to become president. Some states' choices are obvious, but others, the swing states, could go either way.
Man covering his face from tear gas (© Matias Delacroix/AP Images)

U.N. high commissioner: Violence continues in Venezuela

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights and 55 countries called for an end to the human rights abuses still occurring in Venezuela.
A police officer and pedestrians wearing masks on a street (© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

Iran faulted for regime’s coronavirus response

Iran's regime is downplaying the nation's coronavirus outbreak. See how the regime's botched response is allowing the disease to spread.
Afërdita Bytyqi sitting in chair, with words and emblem in background (USAID/Sebastian Lindstrom)

A Kosovo judge’s quest for more effective courts

Learn how the U.S. government has worked alongside the citizens of Kosovo to help strengthen the country’s justice system.
Two people putting paper ballots into ballot boxes (© Efrem Lukatsky/AP Images)

3 ways USAID promotes free, fair elections around the world

Learn how USAID helped lay the groundwork for transparent, peaceful and inclusive electoral processes in Ukraine, Mauritania and the Maldives.
Man at voting booth with American flag in background (© Shutterstock)

Americans vote on more than a president in November [infographic]

Election Day in the U.S. will give voters the chance to select local as well as national officials and perhaps weigh in on issues that affect their lives.
Illustration of elected official standing with local government service providers (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Local government: Mayors, police, school boards get the job done

Americans interact most with local governments, which provide services from public safety to school standards. This is part of a series on U.S. federalism.
Illustration of a federal government canopy standing over the U.S. statehouses (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

State government: Where innovation often flows

America's 50 states are known as “laboratories of democracy” because they try policy ideas often adopted elsewhere. This is part of a series on federalism.