Is democracy itself the problem?

     

Many liberal democracies are encountering serious problems while authoritarianism appears to be enjoying a global surge of self-confidence.  As a result, not only are doubts about the value and wisdom of democracy… Read more »

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From Hungary to EU: Orban exporting ‘alternative to liberal democracy’

     

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is often accused of promoting a form of ‘illiberal democracy’, where governance is rooted in the popular support of a majority of the country’s citizens,… Read more »

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Transparency key to Nigeria’s ‘critical test of democracy’

     

The U.S. says Nigeria’s upcoming national elections will be “a critical test of democracy” and expresses concern at reports of intimidation and partisanship. The poll looks likely to be a close race between incumbent President… Read more »

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Middle East braced for ‘future without stability or freedom’?

     

Unless something changes, the Middle East should brace for the worst of both worlds: a future without stability or freedom, the FT suggests. Public support for U.S. military action and… Read more »

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Why Iran’s Islamic Republic hates Wednesdays

     

The compulsory hijab law is perhaps the most high-profile of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s many human and civil rights violations. Yet for Masih Alinejad (above, addressing the National Democratic Institute’s… Read more »

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How to stop technology from damaging democracy

     

  Deepfakes threaten to erode democracy in The Coming Age of Post-Truth Geopolitics, say analysts Robert Chesney and Danielle Citron. The problem is not just that deepfakes can be used to stoke… Read more »

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DRC election: ‘a political system defends itself’

     

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitutional Court said it would start hearing on Tuesday an appeal against presidential election results that gave victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.”The Constitutional Court will… Read more »

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Rapid Response Mechanism can help counter authoritarian ‘sharp power’

     

China has been accused of engaging in predatory lending aimed at trapping countries in debt, acquiring strategic assets like ports, and spreading corruption and authoritarian values, not least in sub-Saharan Africa,… Read more »

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Tunisia’s resilient democracy ‘at a critical inflection point’

     

  Thousands gathered Monday in Tunisia’s capital as the country marked eight years since a democratic uprising ousted its long-time strongman. The rally came amid deepening economic troubles in the… Read more »

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Digital technologies transforming authoritarian arsenal, reshaping democratic politics

     

The growing threat of digital repression is a focus of The Journal of Democracy’s January 2019 issue—available free of charge through 15 February 2019 on Project Muse:    An overview essay by Larry Diamond outlines… Read more »

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