Category: Dictatorships

China’s Belt-and-Road push for global sway – renewed or ‘overhyped’?

     

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping landed in Myanmar on Friday he hoped to send a clear signal that his country is back in the driver’s seat. Having backed Myanmar, also… Read more »

Grand strategy toward China needs ‘coalition of the democratic willing’

     

If it is not to lose its strategic struggle with China in Asia and globally, the United States needs to present an alternative model to Beijing’s authoritarian archetype, says a… Read more »

Putin’s ‘backhanded tribute to democracy’: A global template for new authoritarians?

     

Russian President Vladimir Putin named a new prime minister, who was confirmed (Reuters) one day after his predecessor resigned along with Russia’s entire cabinet. Putin also proposed changes (FT) in… Read more »

Democracy Embattled: Towards ‘competitive decadence’?

     

America used to try to design the world, Russia used to try to sabotage those plans. Now things almost look the other way around, analyst  Asli Aydintasbas observes. The decline… Read more »

‘Beijing’s Global Megaphone’: China waging global propaganda war

     

Democratic governments should wise up to — and try to thwart — China’s attempts to shape the global narrative about its actions at home and abroad, Freedom House said in… Read more »

Iran’s ‘Chernobyl’ moment? U.S. pursuing strategy of ‘regime disruption’

     

There have been fresh protests in Tehran more than three days after the Iranian authorities admitted they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner on January 8, killing 176 people, RFE/RL’s… Read more »

20th century dictators vs. 21st-century autocrats

     

What do Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Nicolae Ceausescu, Papa Doc Duvalier and Mengistu Haile Mariam have in common? The Economist asks. Frank Dikötter’s new book, “How to… Read more »

Liberal democracy ‘will not survive the 21st century’?

     

Authoritarian regimes are experience a resurgence globally. Various strains of ethno-nationalism-populism are displacing liberalism and the rise of an anti-liberal order globally has many observers wondering if the core tenets… Read more »