Tag: William J. Burns

Democracy doomsayers question causes of backsliding

     

Are the causes of democratic erosion the same in the advanced liberal democracies as seen in Venezuela, Hungary, Turkey, Spain before the Spanish Civil War, and Germany and Italy before… Read more »

Arab democrats need ‘realistic pathways for change’

     

As a fresh wave of protests generates speculation about an Arab Spring 2.0, the challenge for MENA democrats is to move beyond calls for regime change and focus on building… Read more »

Why history isn’t moving inexorably in the direction of democracy

     

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it seemed that history was moving inexorably in the direction of democracy and free markets—that we’d reached the “end of history” and could… Read more »

Three key lessons of Hong Kong protests: Xi’s brittle power

     

As the Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post in 1989, Dan Southerland covered the Tiananmen massacre and stayed on in China for more than a year afterward to report on… Read more »

Hong Kong: ‘the China model is cracking’

     

China’s President Xi Jinping and his comrades have  been weathering a political storm, with the growing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong adding to pressure on a regime already locked in… Read more »

Democratic revival needs diplomatic renewal?

     

A revival of diplomacy will facilitate democratic renewal, a leading diplomat contends. The liberal order that the United States had built and led after World War II would, we hoped,… Read more »

Democracies divided over Venezuela’s ‘Mafia State’

     

The power outage that left most of Venezuela without electricity for five days in early March seemed eerily symbolic of the mood among many people there. Living through one of… Read more »

The lost art of diplomacy for democracy

     

Diplomacy may be one of the world’s oldest professions, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood, says William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and… Read more »