Category: Democratization

Biggest threat to democracy ‘coming from within’?

     

For years after the end of the Cold Year it was possible to believe democracy was on the march across the globe. Now there are as many reasons to believe… Read more »

China’s autocracy with democratic characteristics: the regime ‘that failed to fail’?

     

The pattern is familiar to historians, a rising power challenging an established one, with a familiar complication: For decades, the United States encouraged and aided China’s rise, working with its… Read more »

New social contracts needed for Arab renewal

     

  Since the 2011 uprisings, the relationship between Arab leaders and citizens has been shifting, say Carnegie analysts Intissar Fakir and Sarah Yerkes. While the initial euphoria and hope of… Read more »

Building Democracy after Popular Nonviolent Uprisings

     

Nonviolent movements make democratic transitions more likely and lead to stronger democracies, according to a new analysis by Jonathan Pinckney of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict  (downloadable here). Drawing from… Read more »

Democracies’ crisis of confidence imperils liberal world order

     

Robert Kagan, the author of “The Jungle Grows Back; America and Our Imperiled World,” offers a bleak vision, The Economist notes. Even if Mr Kagan underestimates the power of an idea… Read more »

Illiberal democracy – liberalism vs. democracy?

     

“[W]hat, in practice, can the idea of democracy possibly mean?” political scientist James Miller asks in Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, From Ancient Athens to Our World. Miller begins… Read more »

Can democrats restore ‘Internet’s Lost Promise’?

     

Russia has used information warfare to influence election outcomes with the aim of weakening the values, defenses and self-belief of Western democracies, notes Sir Peter Westmacott, a former British Ambassador… Read more »

Democratization ‘no longer the key’ to defeating jihadism?

     

Democratization is no longer treated as the key to victory over jihadism or violent extremism, argues Steven Metz, the author of “Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy.” “Throughout the… Read more »

Populists and authoritarians are ‘taking over the global economy’

     

  Populists and authoritarians now manage the largest bloc of the G-20 economies, according to a new analysis. When you add up the nominal output of the G-20 states plus… Read more »

Facing up to the difference between election meddling and advancing democracy

     

“Donald Trump’s refusal in Helsinki to credit his intelligence agencies’ findings about Russian electoral interference has unleashed a nationalist fury in Washington unseen since September 11,” Peter Beinart writes for… Read more »