Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy

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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.

Liberation Technology

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"Liberation technology" can help mobilize citizen protest and oust autocracies. Authoritarians can also use technology to stifle protest and target dissenters. Who will win the technological race between "netizens" demanding freedom and authoritarians determined to stay in power?

China in Xi’s “New Era”: Overstepping Down Under

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April 2018

Australia has been an early target of China’s efforts to buy influence and suppress critical voices, but it has begun mounting a serious defense.

News and Notes

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April 2018

Forum Report on “Sharp Power”; Hong Kong Democracy Activists Released; Democracy and Development in West Africa; Geneva Summit for Human Rights; Honoring Boris Nemtsov; NED’s International Forum

Documents on Democracy

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April 2018

Inaugural address by Liberian president George Weah; open letter by Iranian activists and intellectuals; testimony by China analyst Clive Hamilton before the Australian Parliament's Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. 

Election Watch

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April 2018

Reports on elections in Chile, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Russia, and Sierra Leone.

The Freedom House Survey for 2017: Democracy Beleaguered

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April 2018

In 2017, the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world sunk to its lowest point in more than a decade. While the democratic powers grappled with their own internal problems, leading autocrats expanded their global efforts to undermine democratic institutions.

China in Xi’s “New Era”: New Zealand and the CCP’s "Magic Weapons"

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April 2018

The Chinese Communist Party has been using New Zealand as a testing ground for its strategy of building influence through “united front work.”

News and Notes

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January 2018

Fourteenth Annual Lipset Lecture; Conferences on Democracy; Zagreb Youth Summit; IDEA Report on Democracy; Venezuelan Opposition Honored; NDI Democracy Dinner; NED's International Forum

Documents on Democracy

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January 2018

International Forum for Democratic Studies report on "Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence"; Emmerson Mnangagwa's inaugural address as interim president of Zimbabwe; letter from Zimbabwean civil society organizations; address by U.K. prime minister Theresa May; statement by former Soviet political prisoners and dissidents. 

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