Tag: Michael J. Abramowitz

Suicide of the West: tribalism threatens liberal-democratic ‘miracle’

     

The bloody mess that is Syria stands as Exhibit A of what is happening to global order with the retreat of American leadership, notes the Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl. In… Read more »

Democracy beleaguered: freedom for one requires freedom for all

     

  Democracies generally remain the world’s wealthiest societies. They are the most open to new ideas and opportunities, the least corrupt, and the best at protecting individual liberties, according to… Read more »

Hungary’s election result ‘disproves resilience of democratic institutions’?

     

  Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party signalled on Monday it could push on with legislation to crack down on organisations promoting migrant rights as soon as parliament reconvenes after Prime Minister… Read more »

‘Leader of unfree world’ – China’s Xi is ‘courting political catastrophe’

     

In ending presidential term limits, China’s president Xi Jinping – the leader of the unfree world –  is ‘thinking global and acting local’, The South China Morning Post’s Nectar Gan… Read more »

Democracy promotion: a strategic interest or ‘a four-letter word’?

     

Democracy promotion in one form or another has long been part of U.S. foreign policy, notes Adam Garfinkle, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. As American power… Read more »

Democracy is ‘under assault’ and ‘in retreat,’ says Freedom House

     

A new report from the independent watchdog organization Freedom House says that democratic principles such as election integrity and freedom of the press are weakening globally for the 12th consecutive… Read more »

How to stop the manipulation of democracy online

     

  Russian efforts to influence the American election are part of a larger, profound challenge to democracy worldwide, according to Michael J. Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House. Online manipulation tactics played an… Read more »

‘Principled realism’ sacrificing human rights, democracy in ‘value-neutral transactions’?

     

Does a foreign policy of “principled realism” necessarily entail sidelining human rights concerns and offering few critiques of authoritarian leaders’ records on democracy, the rule of law and protecting essential… Read more »

Putin critic Navalny jailed as mass protests ‘energize Russian opposition’

     

A day after Russia saw its largest wave of unsanctioned protests in years, opposition leaders on Monday cheered the turnout as a sign of widespread dissatisfaction with President Vladi­mir Putin…. Read more »