Category: Democracy Digest

Is AMLO taking Mexico ‘down a dangerous populist path’?

     

  Mexico is a relatively young democracy with historically weak institutions including a corruption-riven judiciary and powerful, politically-motivated unions. Now some investors and analysts fear that in pursuing the mirage… Read more »

Revive social contract to renew democracy

     

Widespread dissatisfaction with democracy has created political space of illiberal populist forces, which – like Hungary’s Viktor Orban – use democratic institutions for authoritarian ends. But popular discontent is also… Read more »

How Kremlin’s ‘tools of malign political influence’ undermine democracy

     

Kremlin-backed hackers discussed plans to stir up racial resentment in the United States in hopes of tearing American society apart, according to secret documents obtained by a Russian opposition group…. Read more »

1 in 5 elections faced cyber interference, but disinformation ‘not as threatening as you think’?

     

One in five national elections held worldwide since 2016 were potentially influenced by foreign interference, according to new research. An analysis of 97 national elections and 31 referenda that have been… Read more »

Ukraine’s election – an ‘all-out disinformation battle’

     

Ukrainians fed up with entrenched corruption and hungry for change are likely to elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no previous political experience, as their next president in a run-off… Read more »

Does democracy’s past reveal its future?

     

Faced with the dispiriting state of global democracy,* worried observers fret over three basic questions: Why is this democratic recession happening? How bad is it? And where is it heading?… Read more »

Russia’s ‘Stockholm syndrome’: Stalin nostalgia at all-time high

     

Soviet — specifically Stalinist — nostalgia is alive and well in Russia, according to a new poll conducted by the Moscow-based Levada Center, The Moscow Times reports: Bloomberg adds that the poll… Read more »

‘Revolt against virtue’ fuels populist resurgence?

     

  The assumption of virtue among those who count themselves as progressive may help to explain the popularity of right-wing agitators, as well as the link between anti-immigrant sentiment and… Read more »

Iran tilts to the right: fueling unrest, punishing dissent

     

Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei is doubling down on his regime’s policies of persecution, power projection and terror by appointing hard-line loyalists in a bid to ensure that critical state institutions remain… Read more »