Good Governance

Two U.S. maps, one with states sized according to their electoral votes (State Dept./J. Maruszewski; Images: © Shutterstock)

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]

America’s Electoral College system is difficult to explain, but it has successfully enabled the election of presidents since the country’s founding.
President Trump signing document surrounded by standing people (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

President Trump orders police reforms

President Trump has ordered numerous police reforms after the death of George Floyd. See which cities are also taking steps to limit excessive force.
Police officers kneeling in front of police headquarters (© Eric Gay/AP Images)

U.S. officials answer calls for police reform

Local governments in the U.S. are passing police reforms after the death of George Floyd. See how departments are responding to the public outcry.
Illustration of a police officer standing under the scales of justice (State Dept./D. Thompson)

How police are held accountable in the U.S.

When a U.S. police officer is involved in a deadly incident, departments - often with civilian oversight - investigate to decide next steps.
Person walking down empty city street at night (© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures

The Iranian regime's mismanagement left its economy vulnerable to COVID-19. See how the regime is struggling to keep the economy afloat.
Illustration showing judge's gavel lying on laptop with drawing promoting a vaccine on its screen (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. cracks down on COVID-19 scams

The U.S. Department of Justice shut down a website pushing a bogus COVID-19 vaccine. Learn how the agency is protecting Americans from other scams.
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3rd-party candidates play a role in U.S. elections

Find out how candidates who are not members of the two major U.S. political parties can still make their mark in American politics.
Illustration of winged quill pen flying off hand (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Want democracy? Keep the press free and active.

A strong democracy encourages a free press — one that keeps the public informed, enables a diversity of voices, and holds leaders accountable.
Outline of chart comparing U.S. and Chinese IPR protections (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkerson)

Bringing an idea to market? The business climate matters.

Today's economies are fueled by intellectual property, so laws protecting innovators' rights are essential. Learn how the U.S. helps innovators thrive.