Tag: Hal Brands

No trade-off between values and interests in advancing democracy

     

At a time of partisan polarization, are our divisions really so entrenched and unbridgeable? What if we had civil and evidence-based dialogue across our great divides of party, ideology and… Read more »

Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party

     

An exiled Uighur leader called for more concerted international pressure on China to end its mass detention of the ethnic group as he received a US award. Dolkun Isa, president of… Read more »

What foreign policy approach toward backsliding liberal democracies?

     

Hungary’s illiberal premier Viktor Orban has rewritten Hungary’s constitution and dismantled judicial checks on power, stifled a once vibrant media, forced a top university out of the country, and criminalized the activities of some human rights organizations. Meanwhile, he… Read more »

Authoritarian challenge is the ‘defining question of our time’?

     

Democracy’s global travails continue to mount, notes a leading observer. What looked as recently as a decade ago to be real democratic progress in countries as diverse as Brazil, Hungary, South Africa, and Turkey has… Read more »

China ‘trying to take the world hostage’?

     

Discussions of what China’s rise will mean for the world often take on an abstract, impersonal quality, notes Hal Brands, the Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School… Read more »

West must identify, exploit asymmetric advantages over autocrats

     

With the re-emergence of great power competition,  Russia and China are pursuing asymmetric strategies against the West, using the advantages of authoritarianism—secrecy, deception, a lack of legal or moral constraints—to… Read more »

Dealing with dictators: U.S. needs new approach

     

The disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi has precipitated a new crisis in U.S.-Saudi relations. Yet that crisis has also revived a much older dilemma in American strategy: How to… Read more »

‘Bucking the Democratic Recession’: countering threats to the liberal order

     

The United States must remain engaged in the struggle for democracy as a global leader, not only for moral, but also for national security reasons, according to a new report…. Read more »

Autocrats’ sharp power fails to curb activists’ U.N. role

     

An alliance of authoritarian states lost a bid on Friday to weaken a U.N. resolution upholding civil society activists’ role in highlighting human rights violations, according to campaigners. The United… Read more »

How West can resist ‘long arm’ of China’s sharp power

     

China, not Russia, is the biggest threat to the United States in the decades to come, according to former secretary of defense Robert Gates who served the previous two U.S…. Read more »