Category: National Endowment for Democracy

Persuade or Perish: ‘Pandemic Propaganda and the Global Democracy Crisis’

     

Whether stated explicitly or implied, the theme that binds much of the pandemic malign influence currently targeting western nations is that democracy, both as a system of government and a set… Read more »

Great Power Competition: Will pandemic give democracies advantage?

     

Democracy was in retreat, and autocrats were on the march, before the coronavirus appeared, notes analyst Ruchir Sharma. To contain it, leaders of all political styles have assumed previously unthinkable… Read more »

China faces backlash as pandemic sets stage for ideological contest

     

China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an “assault on international transparency’’ that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned… Read more »

‘Existential crisis’? Russia’s coronavirus paradox

     

Vladimir Putin’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has produced a paradox: instead of using the pandemic to further strengthen his personalized power, Russia’s president has refused to take tough measures,… Read more »

Lost decade for Third Wave democracies?

     

  Popular support for democracy was dwindling even in the decade before expert surveys (such as Freedom in the World and V-Dem) began to show the reality of democratic retreat,… Read more »

‘Weaponizing insecurity’: Covid-19 tests legitimacy of all modes of governance

     

Autocratic and illiberal leaders are using the coronavirus crisis to weaponize insecurity, says journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. She talks to Financial Times’ columnist Gideon Rachman  about the threat to… Read more »

China’s ‘garbage propaganda’ on Covid-19 giving it strategic advantage?

     

A U.S. senator has accused China of “garbage propaganda” about the coronavirus pandemicc. The European Union says claims that it is “disintegrating in the face of COVID-19 are trending on… Read more »

Pandemic populist pandemonium? Dictators using coronavirus to strengthen grip

     

A contagion on the scale of the coronavirus may offer authoritarians a greater opportunity than any event short of war, Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council… Read more »

Do autocracies or democracies handle pandemics better?

     

If democracies cannot cooperate to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the result could be a “decisive global shift” toward China’s authoritarian model, one analyst suggests. Three factors appear to… Read more »

Hard truths about China’s ‘soft power’: How Beijing exploits pandemic

     

History accelerates in crises. This pandemic may not itself transform the world, but it can accelerate changes already under way, notes FT analyst Martin Wolf: One ongoing change has been… Read more »