Author Archives: DemDigest

Coronavirus compensation: Exposing China’s culpability

     

The Wuhan Virus and the attendant misery that the Chinese communist state has unleashed upon the world (very much including its own people) has laid bare a core structural flaw… Read more »

The Great Coming Apart = The Abandonment of the West

     

In “The Abandonment of the West”, Michael Kimmage, Professor of History at the Catholic University of America, describes how, once it was no longer protected by rivalry with the Soviet… Read more »

Coronavirus: Stress test or silver lining for democracy?

     

Whereas democracies operate on consensus, autocrats react with sweeping measures threatening the rule of law. Who is better prepared for the COVID-19 crisis? Deutsche Welle asks: Austrian democracy researcher Tamara… Read more »

‘Existential crisis’? Russia’s coronavirus paradox

     

Vladimir Putin’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has produced a paradox: instead of using the pandemic to further strengthen his personalized power, Russia’s president has refused to take tough measures,… Read more »

Lost decade for Third Wave democracies?

     

  Popular support for democracy was dwindling even in the decade before expert surveys (such as Freedom in the World and V-Dem) began to show the reality of democratic retreat,… Read more »

Why Ecuador’s pushback against populism backfired

     

Since taking office in May 2017, Ecuadorean president Lenín Moreno has made headline-grabbing efforts to reverse the transformations wrought by his populist predecessor, Rafael Correa (2007–17 – yesterday found guilty… Read more »

After COVID-19, democracies should forge ‘alliance innovation’

     

How the U.S. manages—or mismanages—the coronavirus pandemic will determine not only the long-term resilience of our economy but also our ability to compete, lead and protect American interests globally, say… Read more »

Democracy during pandemic – a help or hindrance?

     

The coronavirus has given rise to a flood of conspiracy theories, disinformation and propaganda, eroding public trust and undermining health officials in ways that could elongate and even outlast the… Read more »

‘Weaponizing insecurity’: Covid-19 tests legitimacy of all modes of governance

     

Autocratic and illiberal leaders are using the coronavirus crisis to weaponize insecurity, says journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. She talks to Financial Times’ columnist Gideon Rachman  about the threat to… Read more »