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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