Category Archives: Dictatorships

Egypt: mass arrests aim ‘to quash what remains of civil society’

     

Egypt’s police and National Security Agency (NSA) forces have conducted a mass arrest campaign, rounding up at least 40 human rights workers, lawyers, and political activists since late October 2018,… Read more »

The Power of Focus: Proposal for a ‘European Magnitsky Act’

     

Germany has halted arms sales to Riyadh and agreed with France to place a travel ban on several Saudi nationals following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, raising international pressure on… 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 »

Towards a Hemisphere of Freedom: Connecting Democratic Leaders in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

     

Democracy in Latin America has experienced an ‘annus horribilis’ in 2018, research suggests. Authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela have led to sociopolitical turmoil, economic disruptions, and human rights… Read more »

China’s sharp power targets satirist of totalitarianism

     

China’s sharp power is targeting a satirist of totalitarianism, The New York Times reports. A Hong Kong venue operated by a nonprofit with ties to the local government withdrew an invitation… Read more »