Category: democratic values

Anchoring democratic values? Taking stock of shifting world order

     

During World War II and beyond, the United States was always the anchor of democratic values and an international world order that secured peace and prosperity. What happens when the… Read more »

Identity politics tribalism feeds crisis of democracy

     

Politics today is defined less by economic or ideological concerns than by questions of identity. All over the world, political leaders have mobilized followers around the idea that their dignity… Read more »

Putin’s conservative rhetoric fueling ‘demoskepticism’?

     

Does conservative support for such illiberal rulers as Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán indicate growing “demoskepticism” on the right? Some conservatives now dismiss policies that are infused with… Read more »

Can Poland’s ‘authoritarian turn’ be stopped?

     

Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party appears intent on imposing quasi-authoritarian control over its unruly democracy, analyst Max Boot writes for Commentary.   A new draft Law on Higher Education… Read more »

Strategic Reset for NATO? Check alliance’s anti-democratic members

     

Few NATO summits have captured the attention of this one—but for all the wrong reasons, according to analysts Julianne Smith and Jim Townsend. Any distraction from what will be a substantive NATO agenda… Read more »

‘Don’t abandon democratic values’ – U.S. foreign policy’s ‘moral compass’

     

The rule-based international order is under unprecedented strain because of both internal stresses on leading democracies and rising pressure from such challengers as Russia and China, the order — but… Read more »

Abandoning the transatlantic ideological battle against autocrats?

     

  Vladimir Putin’s attempt to restore Russia’s status as a great power rival to the United States lends new urgency to transatlantic relations, since Europe is the foremost theater in… Read more »

Democracies’ immune system against extremism is failing

     

Moral and cultural organisations must strive harder to rid the body politic of populist infection, in central Europe and elsewhere, says Tomáš Halík, a professor of sociology at Charles University in… Read more »

China ‘donor bombshell’ reveals Beijing’s sharp power influence ops

     

A Chinese-Australian real estate developer “co-conspired to bribe” a senior United Nations official, according to claims made in Federal Parliament: Andrew Hastie, who chairs the powerful intelligence and security committee,… Read more »

‘Fresh thinking’ needed to renew democracy

     

Disturbing global trends, such as populism and authoritarianism, are imperiling the basic tenets of liberal democracy, according to the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI), an effort to reinvigorate democracy and combat… Read more »