Don’t underestimate resilience of the smart new despotisms

     

The new despotism defies the standard distinction between democracy and authoritarianism, argues John Keane (above), Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and WZB (Berlin). The “whip-smart resilience” of… Read more »

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Time to confront China’s global influence: Post-COVID prospects for Beijing’s sharp power

     

The news on Friday morning that Australia is currently being hit by a major cyber attack targeting all levels of government, political parties and businesses has focussed attention on national… Read more »

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How to counter ‘troubling trends’ of democratic erosion?

     

Hungary’s restrictions on the financing of civil-society organizations are unlawful, the European Union’s highest court ruled on Thursday, in a resounding rebuke to Prime Minister Viktor Orban over measures that… Read more »

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Uighur Human Rights Policy Act addresses ‘stain of the century’

     

The new Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, which passed the Senate and House unanimously, drew a furious response from Beijing on Thursday during a delicate moment when Secretary of State… Read more »

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Civil society sources of Ukraine’s resilience

     

Ukraine is a front-line state in the struggle between European rule-based order and Russian kleptocratic autocracy. Since the Euromaidan Revolution in 2013–14, Russia has deployed a range of measures –… Read more »

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