The Fate of Democracy: Renewal or Decay?

     

At the geostrategic level, the state of global affairs today is defined by two principal trends: the growing assertiveness of Russia and China, the two principal revisionist states; and the… Read more »

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Venezuela: Why is this moment different?

     

Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, leading to multiple injuries… Read more »

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Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

     

Cuba‘s Communist regime is tweeting, but that does not mean it is more tolerant of dissent, despite attempts to cultivate on-line dialogue with citizens, the Economist reports: Lately, though, the… Read more »

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‘Constitutional spring’ makes Venezuela more conducive to democratic change

     

Juan Guaidó, whom the United States and about 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela’s rightful leader, has said he will confront Nicolas Maduro’s security forces if need be, making aid… Read more »

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Will Ethiopia’s liberalization spin out of control?

     

Ethiopian premier Abiy Ahmed’s first 10 months in office have been remarkable by the yardstick of any leader around the world. In that time, he has overseen the swiftest political… Read more »

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How illiberal political actors are leveraging information space

     

Illiberal political actors and authoritarian regimes are leveraging the increasingly complex globalized information space to exploit societal cleavages created by political polarization, employing a problematic mix of media manipulation and… Read more »

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Can democracies contain autocratic revisionists?

     

The quarter century following the Cold War was the most peaceful in modern history. Then history began to change course, notes Michael Mandelbaum. Christian A. Herter Professor Emeritus of American Foreign… Read more »

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