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A supporter of Tanzania’s ruling party holds a sign during the official launch of its official campaign for the October general election in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29.

Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?

In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.

Dockers unload U.S. humanitarian aid in Sudan

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.

Riot police observe far-right protesters gathered outside the Reichstag during protests against coronavirus-related restrictions and government policy on Aug. 29 in Berlin.

Germany Is Losing the Fight Against QAnon

The German government beat back the coronavirus pandemic—but has largely given up against conspiracy theories.

ECOWAS mediator and former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrives to lead talks with West African envoys and Mali's military junta on Aug. 24 in Bamako, Mali.

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.

Opposition supporters protest against disputed presidential elections results at Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 18.

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.

Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague speaks during a press conference in Kati, Mali on August 19.

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.

Malian soldiers drive through the streets of Bamako on August 19, the day after mutinying troops seized Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

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.

Belarusian diaspora rally in Ukraine in support of protests in Belarus.

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.

Demonstrators gather on 16th Street across from Lafayette Park while protesting peacefully against police brutality and racism on June 6 in Washington, DC.

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.

Protesters flash the Hunger Games salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, on August 10.

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.

Voters cast their ballots at a polling station.

Does Guyana Foretell an American Future?

A disputed election. Racialized parties. A constitutional crisis. Washington already has a model for what could go wrong.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Anatoly Bibilov, the leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, shake hands prior to their meeting in the Kremlin.

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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.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

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.

Supporters of the opposition Workers Party' gather and celebrate as results are announced during the general election in Singapore on July 11.

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a rally for the upcoming state elections in New Delhi on Feb. 3.

Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy

Using Hindutva ideology, India’s leader is restyling the country as one with only the trappings of democracy.

Crowds of travelers walk through a hall at a railway station in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on the last day of the Spring Festival holiday on Feb. 10, 2019.

Don’t Give Up on Chinese Democracy

Times are dark, but civil society is quietly growing.

The USNS Comfort medical ship moves up the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty as it arrives on March 30 in New York.

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.

Israeli activists protest against the U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in Jerusalem on May 15.

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.

A demonstrator holds a placard reading 'Stop 5G', during a protest against the 5G (fifth generation) mobile communications network in Bern on May 10, 2019.

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.

Media at Minneapolis Protest

Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide

As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.