The podcast “Power 3.0 | Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience,” produced by NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, explores cutting-edge research and ideas about authoritarian resurgence, democratic resilience, and other emergent trends in democracy studies, such as disinformation and transnational kleptocracy. It is hosted by NED Vice-President for Studies and Analysis Christopher Walker and Senior Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies Shanthi Kalathil. Below is a selection of podcasts featuring the Journal of Democracy’s editors and contributors to our recent issues. For more information, visit https://www.power3point0.org/category/podcast-episodes.
Social Media and Risks to Digital Freedom: A Conversation with Ronald J. Deibert
16 April 2019
In this episode, featured guest Ronald J. Deibert discusses the dramatic shift in perceptions of social media, which principally have been seen as providing space for free expression, democratic mobilization, and citizen empowerment. Increasingly, however, a more problematic underside of social media has come into view that may have the effect of fueling authoritarianism.
Ronald J. Deibert is professor of political science and director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. For more on this topic, view his contribution to our January 2019 cluster on digital technology, “The Road to Digital Unfreedom: Three Painful Truths About Social Media.”
Democracy and the Illiberal Temptation: A Conversation with Marc Plattner
5 February 2019
In this episode, featured guest Marc F. Plattner discusses the convergence of interests between elected populist leaders and resurgent authoritarians and the ways these actors are exploiting the crisis of confidence in political parties evident in a growing number of democracies to undermine democratic institutions and promote alternative models of governance.
Marc F. Plattner is founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and previously served as a vice president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. For more on the illiberal challenge, read his article “Illiberal Democracy and the Struggle on the Right” from our January 2019 issue.
New Frontiers in Digital Censorship: A Conversation with Glenn Tiffert
13 December 2018
In this episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, featured guest Glenn Tiffert explores how structural and technological shifts in the global information environment—enabled by algorithms, artificial intelligence, and private sector hosting services—are creating new opportunities for authoritarian regimes such as China to censor and manipulate information at the source. Glenn also identifies opportunities that the academic community and other information users can pursue to protect the authenticity and integrity of digital information and its sources.
Glenn Tiffert is a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. For more on digital censorship and the politics of memory in China, view his contribution to the April 2019 Journal of Democracy, “30 Years After Tiananmen: Memory in the Era of Xi Jinping.”
China and the Global Challenge to Democracy: A Conversation with Larry Diamond
3 December 2018
In this inaugural episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, featured guest Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic, and social institutions of democracies, including subnational governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and ethnic Chinese communities.
Larry Diamond is founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. For more on China’s global influence activities, see the Journal’s April 2018 cluster on “China in Xi’s New Era.”
Journal of Democracy contributors talk with Managing Editor Brent Kallmer about the articles in the Journal, which is published by Johns Hopkins University Press for the National Endowment for Democracy.
Adrienne LeBas discusses her essay “A New Twilight in Zimbabwe? The Perils of Power Sharing” from the April 2014 issue of the Journal of Democracy.
Matthias Matthijs discusses his essay “Mediterranean Blues: The Crisis in Southern Europe” from the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Democracy.
Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning
Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning discuss their article “The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers” from the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy.
Author Nathan Brown talks with Journal Managing Editor Brent Kallmer about his article, “Tracking the “Arab Spring”: Egypt’s Failed Transition,” from the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy.
Journal Managing Editor Brent Kallmer talked with Kurt Weyland about his article, “Latin America’s Authoritarian Drift: The Threat from the Populist Left,” from the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy.
Author Leon Aron on his latest Journal article, “Putin versus Civil Society: The Long Struggle for Freedom,” from the July 2013 issue.