Cambodia’s Transition to Hegemonic Authoritarianism

Article
January 2019

A crackdown on the opposition, followed by sham parliamentary elections in July 2018, has deepened and extended the decades-long personalist dictatorship of Hun Sen.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Repression

Article
January 2019

Democracies must grapple not only with the proliferation of AI to authoritarian and illiberal regimes, but also with the temptation that AI poses for democratic governments themselves.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: The Threat of Postmodern Totalitarianism

Article
January 2019

There is a growing sense today that democrats worldwide are in a race against time to prevent cyberspace from becoming an arena for surveillance, control, and manipulation.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: President Xi’s Surveillance State

Article
January 2019

Chinese authorities are wielding facial-recognition software, big-data analytics, and other digital technologies to control China’s citizens by monitoring and assessing their activities, both online and off.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: Three Painful Truths About Social Media

Article
January 2019

Not so long ago, the internet was being lauded as a force for greater freedom and democracy. With the rise of intrusive and addictive social media, however, a discomfiting reality has set in. 

Understanding Authoritarian Regionalism

Article
October 2018

Taking advantage of broad global respect for regionalism, authoritarian regimes are using their own regional organizations to bolster fellow autocracies. These groupings offer a mechanism for lending legitimacy, redistributing resources, and insulating members from democratic influences.

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”: 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.

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