Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy


In recent years, as leading authoritarian countries such as China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela have become emboldened within the global arena, challenging the liberal international political order, the advanced democracies have retreated rather than responding to this threat.

Democracy after Communism


Is the challenge of building and consolidating democracy under postcommunist conditions unique, or can one apply lessons learned from other new democracies? The essays collected in this volume explore these questions, while tracing how the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have fared in the decade following the fall of communism.

Understanding Authoritarian Regionalism

October 2018

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.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Power and Plunder in Putin’s Russia

January 2018

Russia’s ruling elite have used corruption not only to line their own pockets, but also as a tool of domestic political control and global power projection.