January 2022, Volume 33, Issue 1

Democracy’s Arc: From Resurgent to Imperiled

  • Larry Diamond
This is the darkest moment for freedom in half a century. Whether democracy regains its footing will depend on how democratic leaders and citizens respond to emboldened authoritarians and the fissures within their own societies.
January 2022, Volume 33, Issue 1

Coup in Tunisia: Is Democracy Lost?

  • Moncef Marzouki
President Kais Saied’s power grab has crushed Tunisian democracy, returning the country to the old playbook of Arab dictators past and present.
January 2022, Volume 33, Issue 1

The Collapse of Afghanistan

  • Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili
The Afghan republic’s destruction was sewn into its founding. The international community’s missteps are more responsible for its failure than the country’s supposedly endemic corruption.

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January 2022, Volume 33, Issue 1

How Zambia’s Opposition Won

Halting a decade of democratic backsliding, Haikainde Hichilema defeated an increasingly iron-fisted incumbent president. How did he do it and can others learn from his example?

Expanded Edition

Democracy’s Arc: From Resurgent to Imperiled

Larry Diamond 

A longer version of Larry Diamond’s final essay as Journal of Democracy coeditor (appearing in the January 2022 issue).


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Until recently, political violence in the United States was carried out by radical fringe groups. Today, ordinary people in a deeply polarized society consume and espouse once-radical ideas and are primed to commit violence.


Covid vs. Democracy: Brazil’s Populist Playbook

By highlighting the deficiencies of authoritarian-populist president Jair Bolsonaro’s rule, the covid-19 pandemic is likely to leave Brazil’s democracy intact but even more brittle.


Russia’s Road to Autocracy

Thirty years after the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia is firmly in the grip of an autocrat. Where did Russia’s path go wrong?

Between Authoritarianism and Democracy

A review of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War by Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way.

Why National Identity Matters

From enhancing physical security to encouraging mutual trust, an inclusive sense of national identity continues to be crucial to the flourishing of modern states.