Liberal democracy is facing a growing threat from authoritarian regimes, says Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy.
“Russia, China, and Iran are asserting their power in a much more aggressive way; we call this ‘resurgent authoritarianism,” he told Milwaukee Public Radio. “They’re also cooperating with each other, and as they’re doing this the western countries are more divided and they also lack the political will to respond to this challenge.”
“It’s a very troubling time for democracy,” he says. “It’s here, it’s in Europe, it’s the rise of populism, it’s a deep alienation from the democratic system.”