Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?
In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.
Trump Appointee Takes ‘Slash and Burn’ Approach to Key USAID Bureau
Peter Marocco, after tumultuous tours at Pentagon and State, is stopping the agency’s newest division in its tracks, critics claim.
Germany Is Losing the Fight Against QAnon
The German government beat back the coronavirus pandemic—but has largely given up against conspiracy theories.
The African Union’s Hypocrisy Undermines Its Credibility
The AU’s double standard on lifelong leaders who reject term limits undercuts its moral standing to reject military coups.
Belarus’s Protests Aren’t Particularly Anti-Putin
With little chance of the installation of an anti-Russian regime in Minsk, Moscow doesn’t have much reason to step into the fray.
Mali Needs a Marshall Plan, Not a Military Regime
American, French, and West African leaders must pressure the army to stand down and form an interim government, before a power vacuum and violent extremism threaten the entire region.
A Coup Won’t End Mali’s Corruption and Insecurity
Replacing the president won’t resolve the country’s deep-seated political problems. If neighboring nations and global powers don’t demand a democratic transition, it could lead to greater instability across West Africa.
European Leaders Urge Russia Not to Intervene in Belarus
After a violent crackdown on protesters, Belarus’s leader has lost all credibility in the eyes of his people, Lithuania’s foreign minister says.
Why Protests Threaten Dictatorships but Make Democracies Stronger
Democracies have greater legitimacy because citizens largely support the system and its institutions. Dictatorships rely on performance—and they fail when they don’t produce results.
Thai Monuments Are Disappearing in the Dead of Night
This week’s student protests are part of a backlash against a monarchist elite trying to erase Thailand’s democratic history.
Does Guyana Foretell an American Future?
A disputed election. Racialized parties. A constitutional crisis. Washington already has a model for what could go wrong.
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Russia is consolidating its foothold in Georgia, Canada’s new brand of populism, and China’s repression of the Uighurs is a genocide.
Hungary’s Democracy Is Still Under Threat
Viktor Orban’s emergency rule by decree has ended for now, but the return to illiberal politics as usual incites fear and stifles dissent.
Opposition Victories Force a Crack in Singapore’s Carefully Managed Democracy
The election may push the ruling People’s Action Party to rethink its approach.
Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy
Using Hindutva ideology, India’s leader is restyling the country as one with only the trappings of democracy.
The Pandemic Should Kill Regime Change Forever
If the United States can’t stop a virus at home, there’s no reason to think it should ever try running another country.
Annexation Will Probably Go Smoothly. The Problems Will Come Later.
Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory won’t trigger a disaster. But the aftermath will be toxic for the Jewish state.
The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm
Attacks on cell phone towers are merely the latest evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.