China and the “Singapore Model”

Article
January 2016

China’s government looks to Singapore, the only country in the region to modernize without liberalizing, in hopes of finding the key to combining authoritarian rule with economic progress and “good governance.”

The Authoritarian Threat: The Hijacking of “Soft Power”

Article
January 2016

Although the leading authoritarian regimes are today integrated in many ways into the global system, they have not become more like the democracies; instead, they have been devising policies and practices aimed at blocking democracy’s advance.

What’s Wrong with East-Central Europe? Liberalism’s Failure to Deliver

Article
January 2016

Is democracy in East-Central Europe suffering because of a lack of liberal zeal among elites, as Dawson and Hanley contend, or is it because
liberal policies have failed to deliver on their promises?

What’s Wrong with East-Central Europe? The Fading Mirage of the “Liberal Consensus”

Article
January 2016

Across East-Central Europe, the political center ground has long been characterized by the uneasy cohabitation of liberal and illiberal norms, but the latter have been gradually overpowering the former.

Latin America’s Authoritarian Drift: Technocratic Populism in Ecuador

Article
July 2013

President Rafael Correa, now entering his third term, has built a curious form of populist-authoritarian regime. He champions redistributionism and a kind of technocratic leftism while assaulting the traditional left along with such mainstays of a liberal society as the freedom of the press.

Kenya’s 2013 Elections: Technology Is Not Democracy

Article
July 2013
In an effort to avoid repeating the 2007 electoral debacle, Kenya’s election commission turned to technology, but its high-tech voter-registration and vote-count processes fell short. Its experience has important lessons both for emerging democracies and for international donors.

The Durability of Revolutionary Regimes

Article
July 2013
Authoritarian regimes that have their origins in revolutionary struggle have a much higher survival rate than other brands of authoritarianism. What accounts for their durability?

Kenya’s 2013 Elections: Choosing Peace over Democracy

Article
July 2013
In March 2013, Kenyans took to the polls in what turned out to be another disputed election. Why did the peace hold this time, unlike in 2007, and what are the implications for democracy in Kenya?

Jordan: The Ruse of Reform

Article
July 2013

The Hashemite monarchy still fails to understand the challenges that threaten Jordan’s political order. The old playbook of limited, manipulated reform is no longer enough, but key players fail to realize it.

Bahrain’s Decade of Discontent

Article
July 2013

When this small island kingdom in the Gulf joined the wider Arab world’s political upheavals in March 2011, it was a reaction to regional events, but also a reflection of internal problems that had been festering for a decade.

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