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April 2016 Highlights
- Andrew Nathan ponders “The Puzzle of the Chinese Middle Class”—will Chinese citizens begin to push for democracy as they grow more affluent?
- In one of five essays on “Latin America’s New Turbulence,” Marcus Melo discusses “Crisis and Integrity in Brazil,” a country where the rule of law remains strong, despite being roiled by corruption and protests.
- Igor Blaževič details “The Challenges Ahead” for Burma’s new government, now led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, while other contributors to the set "Burma Votes for Change" examine the country’s new power configuration and popular attitudes toward democracy.
- Other essays cover Turkey’s two 2015 elections, “subnational democracy,” and Freedom House's Freedom in the World survey for 2015.
Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy
In recent years, as leading authoritarian countries such as China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela have become emboldened within the global arena, challenging the liberal international political order, the advanced democracies have retreated rather than responding to this threat.
Democracy in Decline?
For almost a decade, Freedom House’s annual survey has highlighted a decline in democracy in most regions of the globe. Some analysts say this shows that the world has entered a "democratic recession." Others dispute that interpretation, emphasizing democracy’s success in maintaining the huge gains it made during the last quarter of the twentieth century.