The Authoritarian Resurgence: Saudi Arabia’s Anxious Autocrats

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April 2015

Saudi Arabia’s vast oil wealth sustains the antidemocratic policies that a nervous royal regime uses to defend against the threats and problems that confront it.

The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran Abroad

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April 2015

The Iranian regime has sought to recast conventional principles of human rights and political participation by forging alliances with like-minded regimes and by broadcasting its narrative to an international audience.

The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran’s Paradoxical Regime

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April 2015

Iran’s authoritarianism is more flexible and more durable than its detractors would hope, yet more fragile and endangered than its defenders claim.

The Authoritarian Resurgence: Autocratic Legalism in Venezuela

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April 2015

Why do some hybrid regimes remain stable over time, while others become more authoritarian? Venezuela’s autocratic turn has been driven by the ruling party’s declining electoral fortunes and by a foreign policy that has shielded it from international scrutiny.

The Authoritarian Resurgence: Forward to the Past in Russia

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April 2015
Even if Vladimir Putin were to lose his grip on office, the “Russian system” might only wind up exchanging one form of personalized power for another in its endless search for self-perpetuation.

China’s Challenge

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January 2015

As China’s power grows, will it seek to remake the world in its authoritarian image? For now, China shows no such missionary impulse, but the ways in which it pursues its interests can still threaten the fate of democracy.