Author Archives: DemDigest

‘Authoritarian entrepreneurship’: How coronavirus contaminates democracy

     

Open societies “are more likely to find answers (to the #covid19 crisis) more quickly” than authoritarian ones because they encourage “ creativity and cooperation, National Endowment for Democracy (NED) board… Read more »

Transition Framework: A new path to Venezuelan democracy?

     

  The US government unveiled a plan on Tuesday to break Venezuela’s political deadlock, inviting President Nicolás Maduro to cede power to a new transitional government in exchange for sanctions… Read more »

‘Democracy’s Defenders’ offered beacon of hope to dissidents

     

It is almost 30 years since the demise of Encounter, the London-based monthly review of culture and politics, but no other magazine has since come close to matching its influence, Gerald Frost writes for… Read more »

Dismantling democracy? Covid-19 used as excuse to quell dissent

     

Hungary’s parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic. Critics at home and… Read more »

Do autocracies or democracies handle pandemics better?

     

If democracies cannot cooperate to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the result could be a “decisive global shift” toward China’s authoritarian model, one analyst suggests. Three factors appear to… Read more »

Hard truths about China’s ‘soft power’: How Beijing exploits pandemic

     

History accelerates in crises. This pandemic may not itself transform the world, but it can accelerate changes already under way, notes FT analyst Martin Wolf: One ongoing change has been… Read more »

Democratic adaptability vs autocratic ruthlessness: Coronavirus impacts great power competition

     

The major dividing line in effective crisis response will not place autocracies on one side and democracies on the other, argues Stanford’s Francis Fukuyama. Rather, there will be some high-performing… Read more »

World in a ‘dangerous place for maintaining a democratic future’

     

Has the coronavirus placed the world in a “really dangerous place for maintaining a democratic future”? With much of the world on lockdown, the coronavirus crisis has chipped individual liberties… Read more »

The political lessons of the coronavirus pandemic

     

The real lessons of the coronavirus pandemic will be political, argues Thomas J. Bollyky,  Director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Plagues and… Read more »

Kremlin joins China’s sharp power bandwagon

     

The coronavirus pandemic confirms that China’s authoritarian state capitalism with its hegemonic ambitions is by far the most difficult strategic challenge the West has ever faced, according to one observer…. Read more »