Is the United States at Risk of Large-Scale Civil Conflict?

The protests that have roiled the United States over the past weeks are rooted in an issue at the heart of the divisions in American society: racism, and in particular racism within the security forces. But their extent and impact are unprecedented in recent decades. What makes this moment different from previous waves of protests?

Photo: Protest in New Orleans over the death of George Floyd (CC BY-NC 2.0/James Cage).

This briefing by Sarah Cliffe draws on comparative global analysis to ask whether the US now risks large-scale civil conflict. It examines how the combination of a public health crisis, systemic generalized inequality and racial disparities, growing socioeconomic hardship, the political manipulation of racial and religious identities and the potential trigger of the forthcoming presidential election have exacerbated long-standing tensions in American society.

Download the full briefing here.

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Jun 10, 2020
Sarah Cliffe
United States
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