Category: Democracy and foreign policy

The Fate of Democracy: Renewal or Decay?

     

At the geostrategic level, the state of global affairs today is defined by two principal trends: the growing assertiveness of Russia and China, the two principal revisionist states; and the… Read more »

‘Constitutional spring’ makes Venezuela more conducive to democratic change

     

Juan Guaidó, whom the United States and about 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela’s rightful leader, has said he will confront Nicolas Maduro’s security forces if need be, making aid… Read more »

Poland’s ‘democratic spring’ exposing illiberalism’s fatal flaws?

     

The divisive nature of Central Europe’s quasi-authoritarian governments precludes consensus-building, and has so weakened academic freedom and independent institutions that creative policy responses to economic challenges are being stifled. As… Read more »

Intell chiefs warn of ‘coming ideological battle’ with resurgent authoritarians

     

  Liberal democracies should prepare for “the coming ideological battle” with newly resurgent authoritarian powers, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee heard on Tuesday. “China and Russia are more aligned than… Read more »

‘Springtime for Strongmen’? Explaining the rise of populist authoritarians

     

How are we to understand the resurgence of authoritarianism? What form does it now take? What responsibility do elites bear for its success? These are among the most important questions… Read more »

New era of international competition: revisionists vs. value-sharing democracies

     

A new era of great power competition pitting authoritarian revisionists against “value-sharing democracies” is one of the scenarios outlined in a new RAND report, Understanding the Emerging Era of International… Read more »

American exceptionalism reclaimed?

     

Franklin D. Roosevelt once spoke of the United States as an “arsenal of democracy”; today, an arsenal of autocracy is forming as authoritarian states seek to put pressure on America’s… Read more »

‘New Cold War’ with assertively autocratic China? Display West’s democratic unity

     

The international system is currently experiencing a period of transition as economic, institutional and military power is being amassed by China, which is depleting the relative influence and stature of… Read more »

Clash of ideas key in political warfare against neo-authoritarians

     

Both Russia and China are governed by opaque, highly centralized and increasingly personalized governments. Political warfare, for such regimes, is second nature, according to Hal Brands, the Henry A. Kissinger… Read more »

‘Backward-looking critiques’ neglect neo-authoritarian threat

     

The titles of Stephen Walt’s The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy and John Mearsheimer’s The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities give… Read more »