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?

News and Notes

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January 2019

Forum 2000 Foundation Conference; National Democratic Institute 35th Anniversary Gala; Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought; Lantos Foundation Human Rights Prize; NED's International Forum

Documents on Democracy

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January 2019

Excerpts from: the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats; victory speech by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro; inaugural address by Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador; inaugural address by Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih; remarks by Angolan journalist Rafael Marques; and address by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Washington Declaration.

Election Watch

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January 2019

Reports on elections in Afghanistan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Latvia, Madagascar, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe, Swaziland, and Togo.

How to Un-Rig an Election

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January 2019

A review of How to Rig an Election by Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas.

The Fates Of Third-Wave Democracies

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January 2019

Since their transitions, the democracies of the “third wave” have followed a range of trajectories beyond simple survival or breakdown. Many have stagnated at low levels of democracy and some have suffered democratic erosion, but there also have been cases of democratic deepening against the odds.

News and Notes

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October 2018

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy; Award Given to Nepali Activist; Nelson Mandela Lecture; Havel Library Foundation Honors Liao Yiwu; International Press Institute Award; Team Populism; Ghanaian Scholar Honored; NED’s International Forum

Documents on Democracy

Article
October 2018

Report on Nicaragua by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); inaugural address of Ethiopia's new prime minister Abiy Ahmed; remarks by Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra at the Eighth Summit of the Americas; inaugural address of Colombian president Iván Duque 

Election Watch

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October 2018

Reports on elections in Cambodia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, Swaziland, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

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