Kremlin kleptocracy’s lawfare undermining rule of law

     

  The scale of Russian interference in the English judiciary is such that it now constitutes a “critical national security threat” according to a prominent British lawyer. The observation by… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Why Taiwan’s emphatic rebuke terrifies China

     

Taiwan’s voters delivered a stinging rebuke of China’s rising authoritarianism on Saturday by re-electing President Tsai Ing-wen, who vowed to preserve the island’s sovereignty in the face of Beijing’s intensifying… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

20th century dictators vs. 21st-century autocrats

     

What do Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Nicolae Ceausescu, Papa Doc Duvalier and Mengistu Haile Mariam have in common? The Economist asks. Frank Dikötter’s new book, “How to… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

People, Processes and Politics: Countering violent extremism in fragile states

     

Radical Islamist extremist violence is wracking the fragile state of Burkina Faso and spreading east, The Washington Post reports: Nearly 1,000 civilians were killed in 2019 by local militias and… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian disinfo undermining confidence in democracy

     

Can you win an election without digital skulduggery? the FT’s Gillian Tett asks in a must-read analysis. As the 2019 documentary The Great Hack shows, [recent election] campaigns featured a… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Liberal democracy ‘will not survive the 21st century’?

     

Authoritarian regimes are experience a resurgence globally. Various strains of ethno-nationalism-populism are displacing liberalism and the rise of an anti-liberal order globally has many observers wondering if the core tenets… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Idealpolitik vs. Realpolitik: Idealism or ‘realism with a moral face’?

     

How to temper idealism with the demands of responsible statecraft—without abandoning our commitment to democracy and human rights? is the question posed by Ivan Krastev, the Henry A. Kissinger Chair… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

China ‘taking its ideological fight abroad’: Taiwan a test for worldwide propaganda strategy

     

The Chinese government has undertaken a vast information influence campaign designed to support its favored candidates and sow distrust in Taiwan’s democracy, notes Rush Doshi, Director of the Brookings Institution’s China Strategy… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Accountability, democracy, good governance imperative for Africa’s development

     

For Africa to accomplish the ambitious but laudable Sustainable Development Goals, strong institutions and good governance must be in place to ensure inclusion, democracy, and security, according to Brookings’ Foresight Africa…. Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The New Anti-Americanism: global ‘democratic recession’ drives worries about U.S. decline

     

Anti-Americanism has surged in much of the world, according to new polling from the Pew Research Center. But unlike an earlier generation of detractors, critics are less concerned about the… Read more »

Print Friendly, PDF & Email