Category: Authoritarianism

Democracy in Asia the ‘unspoken issue’ in TPP agenda

     

  The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a national security imperative that is likely to enhance prospects for advancing democracy in Asia, analysts suggest. After World War II, the U.S., having learned… Read more »

Durability of democracy’s appeal is ‘biggest known unknown’

     

The durability of free-market democracy’s global appeal is “the biggest known unknown” about the next generation global economy, says a prominent analyst. Five significant political economy questions stand out, Tuft… Read more »

Myanmar: transition, competition and trust

     

The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that the U.S. is easing sanctions on Myanmar to make it easier for American companies to do business there, The Wall Street Journal… Read more »

Russia: ‘Foreign Agents’: Mythical Enemies and Society’s Real Losses

     

A leading U.S. Senator is expressing concern over threats to Russia’s civil society, including independent citizen election monitoring group Golos, ahead of Russia’s September 2016 parliamentary elections. “I am deeply concerned… Read more »

China’s hard line a sign of weakness not strength

     

  In an illuminating anecdote that David Shambaugh heard from two Chinese officials who witnessed an encounter between Hu Jintao and Russian leader Vladimir Putin with Beijing’s increasingly harsh scrutiny of… Read more »

Venezuela: OAS should invoke Democratic Charter

     

The Organization of American States should invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter to press Venezuela to restore judicial independence and the protection of fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today in… Read more »

Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship

     

In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled,… Read more »

Nobel Laureate depicts ‘history of the Russian-Soviet soul’

     

A citizen of Belarus who was born in Ukraine and writes in Russian, Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich takes as her subject the “history of the Russian-Soviet soul”, The Times Literary… Read more »