April 2019, Volume 30, Issue 2

Weaponizing Interpol

  • Edward Lemon
Globalized authoritarian regimes are increasingly abusing Interpol’s notice system to go after political opponents based abroad. These regimes seek not only to punish their critics, but also to legitimate their own acts of repression.
January 2019, Volume 30, Issue 1

Illiberal Democracy and the Struggle on the Right

  • Marc F. Plattner
At present, the key struggle for the future of liberal democracy appears as if it will be unfolding among parties and thinkers on the right.
October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

Understanding Authoritarian Regionalism

  • Alexander Libman
  • Anastassia V. Obydenkova
Taking advantage of broad global respect for regionalism, authoritarian regimes are using their own regional organizations to bolster fellow autocracies. These groupings offer a mechanism for lending legitimacy, redistributing resources, and insulating members from democratic influences.

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JoD Editors and Authors on the Power 3.0 Podcast

On new podcasts produced by NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, Larry Diamond discusses “China and the Global Challenge to Democracy,” and Marc F. Plattner explores “Democracy and the Illiberal Temptation.” And don’t miss conversations with recent JoD author Ronald J. Deibert on how social media may be fueling authoritarianism and with April-issue contributor Glenn Tiffert on digital censorship in China and beyond.

“Power 3.0 | Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience” is hosted by Christopher Walker, NED Vice-President for Studies and Analysis, and, Shanthi Kalathil, Senior Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

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Rod Alence and Anne Pitcher on South Africa’s elections

May 2019

At the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, read Alence and Pitcher’s take on South Africa’s 8 May 2019 national elections, and stay tuned for an expanded analysis in the October 2019 JoD. Plus, read Alence’s 2004 Journal article (free through May 31) for a deeper look into the history of South Africa’s democracy.

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Brazil: The Costs of Multiparty Presidentialism

The massive corruption revealed by Brazil’s “Operation Car Wash” points to fundamental flaws in multiparty presidential systems, where presidents must find ways to build coalitions in fragmented legislatures.