Who will pick up the democracy promotion mantle?

     

It is not surprising that liberty has enemies. The tragedy now is that the defense of liberty is absent where it should be vibrant, argues Stein Ringen, a visiting professor… Read more »

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Springtime for autocrats: the new caudillos

     

  Liberal democracy is threatened by populism of both left and right, according to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. “For the first time in my life I am anxious… Read more »

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Will post-election Putin intensify conflict with the West?

     

If you want to know what might keep Vladimir Putin from a good night’s sleep after his expected landslide reelection as president of Russia on Sunday, there’s no better place… Read more »

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A Brezhnev moment: ‘coronation’ takes Putin a step closer to leader-for-life

     

  With his reelection, Vladimir Putin took one step closer to becoming Russia’s leader for life.  On paper, Putin’s victory gave him a new six-year term as president. But some… Read more »

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In era of geopolitical uncertainty, Lithuania inspires

     

Lithuania celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence and democratic statehood on February 16, an exercise that showed the country’s understanding that it must keep its democracy vibrant and forward-looking, notes… Read more »

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