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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July 2018

NED's Democracy Award; Assisting Scholars at Risk; Report on Elections and Human Rights; Pierre Hassner (1933–2018); Confronting Disinformation; NED's International Forum

Documents on Democracy

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July 2018

Courage Tribute acceptance speeches from the World Movement for Democracy's Ninth Assembly in Dakar, Senegal; Organization of American States (OAS) statement on Cuba's presidential succession; French president Emmanual Macron's address before the European Parliament; report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.K. Parliament on Russian money laundering

Election Watch

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July 2018

Reports on elections in Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Colombia, Hungary, Lebanon, Malaysia, Montenegro, Paraguay, Slovenia, Timor-Leste, Turkey, and Venezuela. 

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.”

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.

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