Category: Democracy and foreign policy

Democratic renewal can counter ‘Ill Winds’ of autocracy and complacency

     

Larry Diamond has spent 40 years circumnavigating the globe promoting democracy in Nigeria, Venezuela and some 70 other countries. Yet today he is aghast, notes Gary J. Bass, a professor… Read more »

Democracy demotion? How to restore the freedom agenda

     

The United States stands at a precipice, facing a time when freedom and democracy will be tested. It remains, within the world’s vast web of alliances and organizations, the indispensable… Read more »

Foreboding historical rhymes from clever autocracies

     

It is not cost-free to lead an international community of democracies whose military, economic and political resources, if nurtured and leveraged effectively, will remain unmatched. This necessitates stronger foreign assistance,… Read more »

Anti-hypocrisy rhetoric weaponized to attack postwar liberal order

     

The only way for the European Union to survive as a liberal actor in an increasingly illiberal environment is by transforming itself from a missionary who wants to shape the… Read more »

From democracy promotion to democracy attraction?

     

While democracy remains a popular aspiration around the world, “attraction” will prove more effective than “promotion” as a way to help democracy expand, says a leading analyst. A new study… Read more »

Democracies in ideological competition with China – not clash of civilizations

     

China’s President Xi Jinping is now invoking cultural diversity as a pretext for opposing democracy and asserting Beijing’s sharp power, reports suggest. Xi repeated his rallying cry on Wednesday as he… Read more »

Democratic revival needs diplomatic renewal?

     

A revival of diplomacy will facilitate democratic renewal, a leading diplomat contends. The liberal order that the United States had built and led after World War II would, we hoped,… Read more »

Americans not turning isolationist, but ……

     

Americans are not retreating into isolationism, but neither are they persuaded by the traditional justifications for efforts to shape the world, notes Johns Hopkins University Professor Hal Brands. For those… Read more »

What foreign policy approach toward backsliding liberal democracies?

     

Hungary’s illiberal premier Viktor Orban has rewritten Hungary’s constitution and dismantled judicial checks on power, stifled a once vibrant media, forced a top university out of the country, and criminalized the activities of some human rights organizations. Meanwhile, he… Read more »

Senator’s passing highlights end of bipartisan foreign policy?

     

A bipartisan group is releasing a scorecard to grade members of Congress on their foreign policy views. The scorecard — which the group, Foreign Policy for America , describes as the first of… Read more »