• As 2020 field balloons, Democrats struggle to emerge from pack
  • May 22, 2019

    “The more the merrier!” is the typical response given by various hopefuls when asked about the latest entry to their field. It’s gotten so crowded that cable networks are running back-to-back town halls into the wee hours of the night, and the upcoming debates are being divided into separate ...
  • It’s populism vs. liberal democracy as EU goes to the polls
  • May 22, 2019

    This could be crunch time for the European Union. As voters elect a new continent-wide parliament this week, both supporters of the European Union and its opponents are casting the poll as a defining moment for the future of the bloc – and perhaps for liberal democracy. “It ...
  • In a world of autocrats, the humble stand out
  • May 22, 2019

    In an era of strongman rule from Egypt to China, it is refreshing to see a new leader on the world scene who tries not to act like a personal hero but operates with compelling modesty. On Monday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the elected president of Ukraine. ...
  • Letter from India: Lessons from an election with 900 million voters
  • May 22, 2019

    It was the first phase of the largest democratic exercise on earth: India’s general elections. It takes 39 days, about 1 million polling booths, and around 5 million security forces and election workers to reach the country’s nearly 900 million eligible voters.



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Fire-Rescue Med, June 3-7, 2019, M Resort, Henderson, NV, Fire-Rescue Med is the conference for fire-based EMS leaders addressing the issues impacting today’s leaders. Attendees turn to FRM for the education and training they need to stay ahead on today’s tough issues, including current events and hot topics. Learn more.


International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference, June 13-16, 2019, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, Held each spring, the IAFC’s Hazmat Conference provides the latest classroom, hands-on and field trip-based training on what’s new in hazmat, covering all aspects of hazmat, including transportation, safety, WMD, gear, terrorism, mass decontamination, bioterrorism and more. Learn more.


The 2019 National Homeland Security Conference, June 17-20, 2019, will bring together 1200+ Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Management professionals, federal agencies, nonprofit agencies, business owners, universities and decision makers to learn about emerging trends in homeland security and see the new equipment and technology available to support missions. Learn more.