Category: democratic values

Sects, lies and populists: ‘democratic self-destruction’?

     

Look back a year, and remember how disquieting European politics seemed, as populist strategist Steve Bannon seemed to be on the verge of establishing The Movement, a cross-border alliance of… Read more »

Information warfare evolves, democracies defenses don’t

     

  China has framed Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests as a foreign-backed movement that uses “thugs” to threaten the mainland’s sovereignty. The narrative might be working within the great firewall. Outside China? Not so much,… Read more »

Reassessing 1989: How authoritarians upended democratic assumptions

     

  Vladimir Putin’s kleptocratic regime has developed a network of patrons across Europe, spreading corruption that weakens democracies from the inside and helps Putin to maintain power, according to a… Read more »

Trans-Atlantic democracy crises: Exposing ‘myth of European values’

     

Populist insurgencies in the world’s two oldest English-speaking democracies have exposed deep flaws in their constitutional systems. Attending to these defects should be an urgent order of business in both… Read more »

Capitalism vs democracy: Europe’s hard problem – or source of resilience?

     

Modern Europe’s political structure is based on the supposition that capitalism and democracy can be compatible – so the most urgent challenge of our times is reconciling the two, argues… Read more »

Restoring civility for a healthy democracy and decent civil society

     

Intellectual humility is a time-honored virtue we can learn to cultivate—and one that’s also vital to a healthy democratic politics, argues David Blankenhorn, president of Better Angels, a citizens group… Read more »

How to remain committed to democratic values amid authoritarian resurgence

     

In the above DemWorks crossover episode, National Democratic Institute President Derek Mitchell talks to Chris Walker and Shanthi Kalathil from the National Endowment for Democracy about the rise of authoritarian… Read more »

How nationalism’s ‘social solidarity’ bolsters democracy

     

By the end of World War Two, nationalism had been thoroughly discredited. Critics charged that national self-interest had prevented democratic governments from cooperating to end the Great Depression, and that… Read more »

Moscow in Movement: Record protests present new challenge to Putin’s dominance

     

An estimated fifty thousand people in Moscow (Moscow Times/CFR) protested the barring of independent candidates from the ballot in an upcoming local election in what was one of the country’s… Read more »

Kremlin under siege: after 20 years in power, Putin ‘looks weaker than ever’

     

Twenty years ago, Vladimir Putin appeared on the political Olympus in the guise of an effective bureaucrat with a security services background; a market-oriented statesman and pragmatist without ideological pretenses,… Read more »