Category: democratic regression

Iraq’s ‘wobbly democracy faces most dangerous moment yet’

     

The streets of Baghdad were silent Tuesday after a week of peaceful protests — against corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services — turned deadly. More than 100 people were… Read more »

Can democratic resilience overcome populist polarization?

     

Political polarization is “tearing at the seams of democracy” around the world, according to Thomas Carothers, Carnegie senior vice president for studies. What can be done to overcome polarization and… Read more »

Why the world needs the West: Democratic resilience & renewal

     

The main error of liberal internationalism is that its advocates have mistaken an aspiration for reality, and by so doing have gotten a basic chunk of causality exactly backwards, argues… Read more »

A strategy for democracies in a geopolitically competitive world

     

Russia and China increasingly are working to bring multilateral architectures into closer alignment with their own authoritarian norms, notes foreign policy analyst Will Moreland. Such a transformation is not in the interests… Read more »

Resilience and renewal can reverse democratic retrenchment

     

If democratic states renew their political institutions and social contracts and forge a wide coalition for action, a period of strategic competition with China and firm push-back against Russia could… Read more »

The anti-liberal moment: ‘shocking’ paper predicts democracy’s demise

     

To challenge liberalism is to not merely engage in ordinary political argumentation. It is to call into question the entire operating system that defines the world’s democracies. It is, by… Read more »

Hungary – not an illiberal democracy but a pseudo-democracy

     

In his essay “Democracy Demotion” (July/August 2019), Larry Diamond claims that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban “has presided over the first death of a democracy in an EU member state,”… Read more »

Meeting global challenges requires profound renovation to democracy support

     

The decline of U.S. leadership represents a hard blow to democracy support efforts, but it does not signal their demise, argues Thomas Carothers, a leading authority on international support for… Read more »

Populocracy: accomplices in democratic backsliding

     

Why do ordinary people vote to return to office undemocratic incumbents? New survey experiments in several countries suggest that many voters are willing to put their partisan interests above democratic… Read more »

Why democratization’s greatest wave is receding

     

The greatest wave of democratization in history is receding — and crime and violence are to blame. Latin Americans were among the most devoted converts to democracy in the late… Read more »