Category: Democracy and foreign policy

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 »

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 »

Five transformations require ‘fresh thinking’ on advancing democracy

     

The thirty years since the end of the cold war have been a time of extraordinary change, notes Jessica T. Mathews, a Distinguished Fellow at (and former President of) the… Read more »

Democracy Embattled: Towards ‘competitive decadence’?

     

America used to try to design the world, Russia used to try to sabotage those plans. Now things almost look the other way around, analyst  Asli Aydintasbas observes. The decline… Read more »

‘Nation-building on superstructure of kleptocracy’: Newly released documents detail Afghanistan failure

     

Lawmakers, veterans and experts have expressed shock and resignation after a Washington Post report Monday unveiled 18 years of distortion by U.S. officials over the prosecution of the war in Afghanistan…. Read more »

Art of Deceit: West’s strategic culture impedes political warfare against autocrats’ sharp power

     

Authoritarian states have taken a “whole-of-government” approach to weaponizing previously benign activities like diplomacy, media, investment flows, and civil society activity, says a new report. But their activities betray a… Read more »

Democracies on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

     

If there’s a word that sums up the current mood of the West’s high command, it’s this: despair. That’s the clearest and most alarming takeaway from discussions with the assorted… Read more »

Democratic ideas resilient despite leadership void

     

  A number of recent reports paint a grim picture for the future of global democracy. According to watchdog Freedom House, 2018 marked the 13th consecutive year of decline in global… Read more »

Upholding democratic values needs strong norms & operational principles

     

The cluster of organizations around the National Endowment for Democracy has evolved into “a huge apparatus” with its strong norms and operational principles, one expert observes, at a time when… Read more »

A new infrastructure of democracy? Open societies’ resilience is strategic priority

     

Had Ronald Reagan’s Westminster speech merely articulated the case for democracy, it would be remembered as one of many well-written and inspiring presidential addresses. It was, on the contrary, much… Read more »