Category Archives: Democratic institutions

Authoritarian resilience, hybrid regimes and democracy promotion


The resilience of authoritarian rule has been a major concern in recent years, and attention has increasingly been focused on the role of external actors and their efforts to bolster… Read more »

Social media helps dictators, not just democrats


Initially welcomed as a democratic panacea, social media has increasingly come to be seen as a mixed blessing – a potentially useful tool that can nevertheless be blocked and sidelined by… Read more »

China’s democratic future: how to help ditch corrupt regime


  Democratic countries mistakenly believe that democratic change comes from the bottom. It does not, even if broader social pressures are often critical, says Bruce Gilley, associate professor of political… Read more »

US, UK fear ‘political interference’ in Nigeria vote count


  The United States and Britain said Monday there are signs that the vote counting for Nigeria’s presidential election may be subverted by “deliberate political interference,” Associated Press reports: A… Read more »

Egypt’s case study in political inertia


Since General Abdel Al-Sisi took power in July 2013, following a wave of protests against Egypt’s first democratically elected president, it has become increasingly clear that the government has no intention of building… Read more »

Authoritarians draw wrong lessons from Lee Kuan Yew’s success


  Lee Kuan Yew saw “Asian values” as a source of legitimacy for the idea that authoritarian leadership, constrained by certain Western legal and administrative checks, offered an effective “Asian”… Read more »

West needs ‘strategy of resilience and engagement’ for Russia


  Russia’s continuing intervention in Ukraine is more than a stark rejection of Euro-Atlantic integration, says a new RAND Corporation report. It has shattered the vision that has guided North… Read more »