Category: Democracy Digest

Learn to live with despots or avoid ‘realist’ retreat?

     

Former State Policy Planning Director Steve Krasner (someone we have worked with and respect) has written a piece in Foreign Affairs (“Learning to Live with Despots”) that advocates realism as the… Read more »

Is China winning? Covid-19 a ‘unique stress test’ of political resilience

     

Like an asteroid, coronavirus is the textbook example of an exogenous shock. The threat came from beyond. Yet the pathogen offers a unique stress test of each country’s resilience, argues… Read more »

Coronavirus compensation: Exposing China’s culpability

     

The Wuhan Virus and the attendant misery that the Chinese communist state has unleashed upon the world (very much including its own people) has laid bare a core structural flaw… Read more »

How coronavirus will reshape democracy and governance

     

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating efforts among authoritarian governments as regimes tighten their grip at home while seizing the opportunity to advance their agenda abroad, argues senior policy adviser James… Read more »

Autocratization surges, resistance grows

     

As #autocratization accelerates, democratic resistance against this trend is growing, according to new V-Dem Institute data. For the first time since 2001, autocracies became a majority, with 92 countries hosting 54%… Read more »

How democracies should respond to the disinformation dilemma

     

Often sponsored by authoritarian state actors, disinformation undermines democracies by eroding trust in institutions and media, increasing rifts and tensions in society and weakening our ability to take informed decisions. How… Read more »

Africa’s evolving regimes: Totalitarian or autocratic?

     

Perfidy – or, corruption and scandal – is one of the strongest predictors of dissatisfaction with democracy, note University of Cambridge researchers Roberto Foa and  Andrew James Klassen. Inevitably, more extreme… Read more »

Revive institutions to halt the ‘hollowing of Western democracy’

     

Reviving democracy requires a renewal of core institutions, argues William Galston, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Not only are institutions instruments for accomplishing essential goals,… Read more »

‘Dictators in Trouble’: Democracy not the only system under stress

     

Gloom about the state of democracy pervades Washington and other Western capitals. Yet all this attention on the decline of democracy has obscured a story that is just as important:… Read more »