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?

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. 

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Laundering Cash, Whitewashing Reputations

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January 2018

To safeguard their ill-gotten gains, kleptocrats rely on a web of transnational relationships and the complicity of Western fixers.

Election Watch

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January 2018

Reports on elections in Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, and Slovenia. 

The Case for Democratic Persistence

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January 2018

A review of Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: The Dark Side of Globalization

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January 2018

The grand corruption enabled by the rise of offshore finance has come to follow a recurring pattern: steal, obscure, and spend.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: A Challenge for Democracy

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January 2018

As explained in the essays that follow, kleptocracy has become a potent threat to the integrity of democracy around the globe.

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

Fighting Terrorism: The Democracy Advantage

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January 2018

Despite worries that terror groups can turn open societies’ very openness against them, the numbers reveal that liberal democracies enjoy significant advantages in resisting the threat of terrorism. 

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