Tag: Robert Kagan

‘Springtime for Strongmen’? Explaining the rise of populist authoritarians

     

How are we to understand the resurgence of authoritarianism? What form does it now take? What responsibility do elites bear for its success? These are among the most important questions… Read more »

Arab world needs democracy, not ‘liberalizing autocrats’

     

In April Jamal Khashoggi gave a speech, saying the dangerous idea of the benevolent autocrat, the just dictator, is being revived in the Arab world, notes The New York Times…. Read more »

Can G-9 democracies save liberal world order?

     

For 70 years, Western allies shared a commitment to democracy, freedom, and human rights and a belief that advancing them globally was an essential contribution to international peace and prosperity,… Read more »

Democracies’ crisis of confidence imperils liberal world order

     

Robert Kagan, the author of “The Jungle Grows Back; America and Our Imperiled World,” offers a bleak vision, The Economist notes. Even if Mr Kagan underestimates the power of an idea… Read more »

Will democracy win? Liberalism vs. its adversaries

     

The past century has been marked by repeated proclamations of the triumph of democracy. However, they have proved premature. Today, illiberal actors have once more gained footholds on both sides… Read more »

The strategic case for advancing democracy

     

Democracy promotion can again become an important component of U.S. foreign policy if we re-consider the prospects for liberalism in the non-Western world, according to a prominent analyst. Non-Western liberalism… Read more »

Putin’s conservative rhetoric fueling ‘demoskepticism’?

     

Does conservative support for such illiberal rulers as Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán indicate growing “demoskepticism” on the right? Some conservatives now dismiss policies that are infused with… Read more »

Russia lacks ability to roll back post-1990 democratic revolution

     

The West is in crisis because of European weakness, not Russian strength, says analyst Walter Russell Mead. Europe’s weakness has provided Vladimir Putin with opportunities to promote Russian power by… Read more »

‘Time for democracy to fight back’ against rising autocrats

     

  The greatest risk to pluralism is in young democracies where checks and balances are not yet robust, the Economist reports. The weakening of a rules-based international order seemed inconceivable… Read more »

Losing faith in the democratic ideal?

     

What accounts for the troubled condition of liberal democracy today? Marc F. Plattner asks in the latest issue of The Journal of Democracy: Standard explanations cite factors such as slowing… Read more »