Category: Authoritarianism

Autocrats’ bag of tricks for staying in power

     

Excluding hereditary monarchies, there are close to 40 countries around the world in which the national leader has been in power for 10 or more years, writes Freedom House analyst… Read more »

Khomeini poll exclusion, consultant’s jailing send chilling message from Iran’s hardliners

     

After months of political maneuvering, the scion of the powerful Khomeini family and the projected figurehead of Iran’s ailing reform movement was definitively barred Wednesday from participating in parliamentary elections… Read more »

Institutionally blind? Human rights abuses in former Soviet Union

     

Are the major international institutions covering the former Soviet Union meeting their human rights commitments?  A new report shows how the independence and integrity of institutions defending human rights in… Read more »

Cuba preparing for ‘probable presidential transition’ in 2018

     

U.S. intelligence services believe Cuba is preparing for a “probable presidential transition in 2018,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday. “Cuban leaders will remain focused on preserving political… Read more »

Baransu case prompts Turkey to lift media bans?

     

  In a move that confirmed the growing restrictions and pressure on the Turkish media, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said his government is ready to remove bans that… Read more »

‘Political activity’ an existential issue in Russia

     

Defining “political activity” may seem like an academic exercise, but in Russia, it is an existential one, notes Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director at Human Rights Watch. The definition is… Read more »

Thousands demand inquiry into Cairo death of labor researcher Regeni

     

More than 4,600 academics from across the globe have signed an open letter protesting against the death of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge PhD student from Italy whose body was found… Read more »

West finally adapting to hybrid warfare

     

  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is developing a new strategy to speed decision-making and improve its response to the kind of unconventional warfare the West says Russia has used… Read more »

Aleppo: the Sarajevo – and Munich – of Syria?

     

  Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, now virtually encircled by the Syrian Army, may prove to be the Sarajevo of Syria. It is already the Munich, Roger Cohen writes for The… Read more »