The Power Delusion
U.S.-China competition isn’t just about great-power rivalry. It’s about the ideological battle between democracy and authoritarianism, too.
Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies
A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.
COVID-19 Might Not Change the World
Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.
How to Stop the Export of Authoritarianism
China is slowly killing the global human rights regime. Defending it requires Washington’s full engagement.
Arab Dictators Are Learning to Love Collective Punishment
Middle Eastern regimes increasingly aren’t just targeting dissidents—they’re going after their entire families.
Is Sri Lanka Becoming a De Facto Junta?
In under a year, Gotabaya Rajapaksa—the former defense secretary-turned-president—has bent the democracy to its breaking point.
Europe Must Stand Up to China Before It’s Too Late
The EU must defend its values rather than caving to economic pressure from Beijing.
The World’s Weakest Strongman
Donald Trump’s use of violence and division isn’t a symbol of authority—it’s a sign of desperation.
Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Coronavirus. Democracies Must Not Follow Suit.
Democracies are far more effective at combating national crises, but that hasn’t stopped despots across the world from trying to tighten their grip.
Viktor Orban Can’t Eradicate the Coronavirus by Decree
Hungary’s authoritarian leader has granted himself dictatorial powers, but his neglect of the country’s health system and his powerlessness in the face of a depreciating currency will come back to haunt him.
The ‘Chinese Virus’ Spread Along the New Silk Road
Western democracies may lose the coronavirus propaganda war, but China certainly won’t win it.
The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call
While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.
Authoritarianism in the Time of the Coronavirus
The pandemic offers dictators—and democracies alike—an opportunity for abuse.
Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him
And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.
The Conditions That Created ISIS Still Exist
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death won’t eliminate the threat of Islamist extremism so long as autocratic regimes continue to hold sway in the Middle East.
The Tyrannical Mr. Trump
If the U.S. president is impeached and removed from office, don’t expect him to accept the result.
Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement
Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?
The Evolution of the Strongman
Why authoritarians have grown more liberal as democracies have grown more authoritarian.
How to Regulate the Internet Without Becoming a Dictator
The British model of filtering data rather than content can protect citizens while preserving an open internet.