Post-1989 structures need ‘remodeling, even democracy,’ says Walesa

     

Did Central Europe’s democratic forces defeat one form of authoritarianism, but fail to anticipate other threats to freedom? The post-Cold War disruption in job markets, economic inequities, and disputes over… Read more »

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The real story behind Bolivia’s protests

     

Evo Morales, the exiled former president of Bolivia, said he is willing to sit out the country’s next presidential election if he can finish the last few months of his… Read more »

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Central and Southern Africa: Civil Society’s Role in Democratic Governance

     

As a leader on a policy reform project I worked on in Africa a few years back, I learned many things, writes Adeola Akinremi, Director of Strategic Communications at Policy… Read more »

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Want to be an autocrat? Here’s the 10-point playbook

     

  Today’s would-be authoritarians aren’t just interested in using brute force to rise to power, notes Shelley Inglis, a scholar of international law, and Executive Director of the University of… Read more »

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How social movements can counter democratic downgrades

     

Europe’s populist revolt is realigning the continent’s politics around new fault lines: City versus countryside, working class versus highly educated elites, “sovereignists” versus “globalists.” This has come at the expense… Read more »

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World has more but weaker democracies: Backsliding ‘a growing malaise,’ report says

     

“Despite the continued quantitative increase in the world’s democracies, the quality of the world’s democracies is eroding,” the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) concludes in its… Read more »

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China’s authoritarian rule is coming back to bite it – and us

     

China’s Communist leaders are engage in an ideological conflict with liberal democracy on the global stage and, domestically, using modern-day totalitarian brainwashing, bizarre lies and industrial-level indoctrination to suppress Muslims…. Read more »

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How global refugee crisis challenges democracies

     

Forced migration has reached unprecedented levels around the world. While unique migration crises’ geographic origins range from South America to the Middle East, each crisis shares a common root cause—the… Read more »

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Latin America faces a second ‘lost decade’?

     

From Chile to Bolivia, revolts against leaders from left and right have root causes in stagnant growth and weak investment in education and infrastructure, undermining faith in democracy. The 1980s… Read more »

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