Category: Authoritarianism

Democratic consolidation an ‘obsolete’ assumption in new strategic context

     

After 70 years of being largely hand in hand in promoting democracy and capitalism around the world, the United States and Europe are now at odds over trade, climate change,… Read more »

Why liberal democracy is on the defensive

     

To understand why liberal democracy is on the defensive, there is no better place to start than the 30th-anniversary edition of the Journal of Democracy, the  flagship publication of the… Read more »

Another bad year for global democracy, but protests show potential for renewal, says EIU

     

Global democracy has had another bad year, but popular protests show the potential for democratic renewal, The Economist Intelligence Unit reports. After showing stagnation in 2018, the EIU’s Democracy Index… Read more »

Russia begins transition – of Putin’s own power

     

President Vladimir Putin has proposed the most sweeping overhaul of Russia’s constitution since its adoption in 1993. Though the details are complicated, the upshot is simple: Putin, already in power… Read more »

Populism: growing threat or space for democratic renewal?

     

Populist politics and authoritarian resurgence will be growing risks over the next year, according to a new report. The risks posed by populist and nativist agendas will grow in 2020,… Read more »

What’s behind Latin America’s rebellion against the elites?

     

  The generational shift is profound and fundamental to understanding what is happening in Latin America (and around the world), argues Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a… Read more »

The return of ideology? Western societies’ resilience ‘not a given’

     

America must grapple with the reality that the unipolar moment is ending, the Texas National Security Review suggests.  A new bipolarity is fast emerging from the political wreckage of the… Read more »

From Colonization to Kleptocracy: ‘Luanda Leaks’ detail Angola corruption

     

A trove of more than 700,000 documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and shared with The New York Times, shows how a global network of consultants, lawyers, bankers and… Read more »

How to fix troubled democracies: resilience & adaptability

     

There is no single explanation for democracy’s travails. Rather, a set of forces have come together to make it more difficult to knit together cohesive societies and governing coalitions. The… Read more »