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.

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.

Britain After Brexit: A Nation Divided

Article
January 2017

The referendum campaign and its aftermath have exposed fault lines between the “two Britains” that have been long in the making and that pose stark questions about national values and identity.

Britain After Brexit

Article
January 2017

Editors' introduction to "Britain After Brexit."

The Fading of the Anti-Coup Norm

Article
January 2017

Following the end of the Cold War, an international norm against coups began gaining strength, but it seems to have lost momentum in recent years. What has happened?

Europe and Azerbaijan: The End of Shame

Article
July 2015

A few years ago, Europe’s most important intergovernmental human-rights institution, the Council of Europe, crossed over to the dark side. Like Dorian Gray, the dandy in Oscar Wilde’s story of moral decay, it sold its soul. And as with Dorian Gray, who retained his good looks, the inner decay of the Council of Europe remains hidden from view.

Hungary’s Illiberal Turn: Can Outsiders Help?

Article
July 2012

Can outside actors help Hungarians to loosen Fidesz’s centralized grip on all of their country’s governing institutions?

The Impact of the Economic Crisis: From the G-8 to the G-20

Article
January 2011

The financial crisis did not deal a fatal blow to any democracies, but it did hasten an erosion of the influence of the West. In the future, the balance of power among competing regime types may be decided by the emerging-market democracies.

Election Observers and Their Biases

Article
July 2010

Why do election monitors sometimes issue contradictory statements or endorse flawed elections? The answers are not always straightforward; in some cases, the monitors’ good intentions may undermine their credibility.

The Ballot and the Badge: Democratic Policing

Article
April 2010

In emerging democracies and postconflict countries, improved policing is almost always urgently required. Yet international-assistance efforts in this area pay almost no attention to the crucial need to ensure that the new-model police are not only effective, but democracy-friendly.

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