Is democracy immune from the coronavirus?

     

The current pandemic crisis is going to have a deeper impact on the way we live, the way we think, and the way we do politics than 9/11 and even… Read more »

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Geopolitical consequences: Will coronavirus enhance authoritarian appeal?

     

The coronavirus pandemic gripping the globe may have its origins in China, but experts say that current trends indicate the crisis will leave it in a much stronger position geopolitically… Read more »

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Why resilience to online disinformation varies between democracies

     

Why are some democracies better equipped to face the problems of the digital era, demonstrating a resilience to manipulation and disinformation?  asks Edda Humprecht, a Senior Research and Teaching Associate… Read more »

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From cover-up to global donor: China’s Covid-19 sharp power play

     

China is sending doctors and medical supplies to Italy and other countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus. WSJ’s Eric Sylvers in Milan explains how China is using… Read more »

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Autocratization surges, resistance grows

     

As #autocratization accelerates, democratic resistance against this trend is growing, according to new V-Dem Institute data. For the first time since 2001, autocracies became a majority, with 92 countries hosting 54%… Read more »

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COVID-19: A ‘breakthrough moment’ for China’s sharp power in global battle of narratives?

     

    Tomorrow’s front page of The Financial Times (above) confirms that the UK is the latest democracy to adopt unprecedented measures in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic…. Read more »

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COVID-19 highlights lack of democratic resilience

     

The number of countries “knocking on China’s door” will give Beijing’s soft power a boost, according to one expert, The Washington Post reports.  “There is no European solidarity,” said Elias… Read more »

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Why autocratic power grabs ‘may bode well’ for democracy

     

Even in an age of widespread disillusionment with democracy, a universally appealing alternative has yet to emerge, note analysts Adam E. Casey and Seva Gunitsky. The turn to personalism, for all the… Read more »

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Democracy is ‘not immune’ to coronavirus

     

The requirements of social distancing are making every facet of life more difficult to maintain — including democracy, a fragile system of governance not immune to being ravaged by COVID-19. Perhaps… Read more »

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Cuba creating a Venezuelan dictatorship in its own image

     

Much has been written about the Cuban regime’s infiltration of Venezuela, its meddling and direct participation in government institutions and organisms, notes international human rights lawyer Tamara Suju (above), the… Read more »

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