Mass Protests and the Military

Article
July 2018

When nonviolent mass protests occur under authoritarian regimes, the military plays a key role in determining the outcome: the hardening of the dictatorship, a new authoritarian regime, or a transition to democracy.

Modernization and Authoritarianism

Article
July 2018

Embracing a new model of capitalist authoritarianism, a number of nondemocratic regimes have made startling gains in state capacity, posing a new challenge to the appeal and advance of liberal democracy.

China in Xi’s “New Era”

Article
April 2018

China in Xi’s “New Era”: The Return to Personalistic Rule

Article
April 2018

After Mao, Deng Xiaoping tried to institutionalize collective leadership, but this did not stop Xi Jinping from grasping all the levers of power.

Iran’s Exclusionary Republic

Article
April 2018

A review of Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed by Misagh Parsa.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Power and Plunder in Putin’s Russia

Article
January 2018

Russia’s ruling elite have used corruption not only to line their own pockets, but also as a tool of domestic political control and global power projection. 

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Autocrats versus Activists in Africa

Article
January 2018

Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.

Globalization Chinese-Style

Article
October 2017

A review of China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative by Nadège Rolland.

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