Category: Dictatorships

Cyber attacks could ‘taint’ democratic governments’ legitimacy

     

Cyber-attacks could turn elections into “tainted exercises” that undermine Western democracies, the foreign secretary has said. In a speech in Glasgow, Jeremy Hunt said authoritarian regimes view democratic elections as… Read more »

Iran’s power struggle ‘an opportunity for civil society & democratic forces’?

     

In historical examples of successful transitions to democracy, there has always been an alliance of democracy and civil society activists with centrists. The two must band together to prevent the… Read more »

The China Model’s problem: successes becoming liabilities

     

Recent technological, diplomatic, investment and infrastructure successes have made China attractive to smaller countries not only as an economic partner but as an ideological standard-bearer, notes Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V…. Read more »

Vietnam’s ‘digital dictatorship’ seeks to silence dissidents

     

The European Union (EU) must urge Vietnam to end its ongoing crackdown on peaceful dissent, repeal its repressive laws, and immediately release all political prisoners, according to human rights groups,… Read more »

A 7-step program for fighting disinformation – proactively

     

While foreign influence operations are not new, the convergence of three larger global trends has made them a more important and acute challenge, analysts Carolyn Kenney, Max Bergmann, and James Lamond write in… Read more »

Authoritarian resurgence is a national security threat, Congress told

     

A group of national security experts testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill about the rise of authoritarianism, warning lawmakers that countries such as China and Russia are seeking to gain power by… Read more »

Russia’s Hostile Measures: Understanding the Threat

     

Russia has used a wide range of hostile measures — political, economic, diplomatic, intelligence, and military activities — to expand its influence and undermine governments across the European continent, note… Read more »

Iran’s Islamic Republic faces three converging threats

     

As the Islamic Republic concludes its fourth decade, the country faces three converging threats, according to Saeid Golkar, a visiting assistant professor in political science at the University of Tennessee… Read more »

‘Claws of the Panda’: China model going backwards?

     

Can pandas fly? The trade war is biting and growth is slowing. Time to reform China's economy. Our cover this week https://econ.st/2SQknUx Posted by The Economist on Saturday, February 23,… Read more »

Disinformation “deleterious to liberal democracies’ values, interests and security”

     

The spread of Chinese firms like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu raises concerns that the Chinese model of digital authoritarianism is creeping abroad, putting the future of the Internet at risk, notes… Read more »