Category Archives: democratic values

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 »

Xi sets China on ‘collision course with history’ or new model for authoritarianism?

     

  China’s relentless rise and its more recent embrace of repressive tactics that recall the Mao era — a process accelerated by President Xi Jinping’s bid to stay in power indefinitely — have… Read more »

‘God That Failed’ former extremists now champion liberal democracy

     

Just as ‘The God That Failed’ generation of former Communists became some of the most articulate and effective opponents of Soviet totalitarianism, some former radical Islamists are emerging as champions… Read more »

Principled realism: National Security Strategy ‘prudently’ advances democratic values

     

THE HALLMARK of the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS), which was released in December, is the idea of “principled realism.” This marks a decided shift from the policies of Trump’s two… Read more »

Transatlantic democracies: converging or diverging?

     

The ‘Western ideal’ – a concept embodied in the democratic processes and free-market economies of the West – has long been a powerful draw for others, including originally for the… Read more »

Contrasting – and combatting – Russian and Chinese influence operations

     

China’s influence operations are “strategic and multifaceted”, The Guardian notes: The National Endowment for Democracy recently described other aspects as “sharp power”: the effort by authoritarian states not just to attract support… Read more »