Category: Authoritarianism

Iran’s regime ‘facing fundamental test of legitimacy’

     

Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran’s leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the… Read more »

How to defeat populism

     

Established democracies should draw lessons from the struggles of liberals fighting the good fight in younger and less stable democracies, says Stanford University political scientist Larry Diamond. Defeating populism requires… Read more »

‘Persuade or Perish’: How to slow democratic recession

     

A new strategic framework provides a lens to understand the strategic logic of antidemocratic malign influence, how their actions may inadvertently contribute to its intents and effects, and provide them… Read more »

Beyond Interests vs. Ideals? Advancing democracy in the ‘Arab Winter’

     

Tunisia’s interior regions have been a wellspring for social protests. Without deep economic restructuring, populists could pose an even graver threat to the country’s nascent democracy, argues analyst Hamza Meddeb…. Read more »

The ‘Great Online Convergence’: Digital authoritarianism comes to democracies?

     

  Russian civil society continues to dismantle pro-Kremlin disinformation, using both laughter and journalistic investigations. February has been a good month for those Russians who want to push back against pro-Kremlin… Read more »

Challenging China’s false narrative on Tibet

     

  Please join the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and its partners for the historic international launch of a landmark report on the status of Tibet under International law,… Read more »

Huawei: Will Europe ‘choose autocracy over democracy’?

     

Global competition between the U.S. and China is spurring countries around the world to increase their military spending, according to a new report by an international think tank that reported… Read more »

How to protect democracy from cyber attacks

     

  Growing cybersecurity threats are disrupting democracies and relationships around the world, the Truman National Security Project observes.* Democracies are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks which can target institutions directly,… Read more »

China’s ‘biological Chernobyl’ exposes absurdities of autocracy

     

The death of Li Wenliang has shaken China like an earthquake. He was a young doctor who was reprimanded by Chinese police for alerting colleagues to a new virus that has… Read more »

‘Firm Up Democracy’s Soft Underbelly’: Autocrats winning war of ideas

     

The authoritarian resurgence will remain a major global risk in 2020 due to the many economic and social consequences of autocratic governance, according to Global Risk Intelligence. While some exceptions… Read more »