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Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Iraqi Shiite women carry portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his predecessor and Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini and late Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr during a military parade in Baghdad, on May 31, 2019.
Iraqi Shiite women carry portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his predecessor and Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini and late Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr during a military parade in Baghdad, on May 31, 2019.

Iraq Is Nearing the Brink of a Shiite Civil War

The increasingly violent rivalry between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran will decide Iraq’s future.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric looks on during a ceremony at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 6.
Chilean President Gabriel Boric looks on during a ceremony at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 6.

How Chile’s Constitution Revolution Missed the Mark

It’s back to the drawing board for the country—and President Gabriel Boric.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a political rally in 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a political rally in 2018.

Why Trumpism Will Endure

The former U.S. president took control of a party that had already destroyed itself, several new books contend, and his malign influence will long survive him.

Supporters of Chile’s proposed new constitution attend a closing campaign rally ahead of a Sept. 4 referendum in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 1.
Supporters of Chile’s proposed new constitution attend a closing campaign rally ahead of a Sept. 4 referendum in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 1.

Why Chileans Might Vote to Keep Their Dictatorship-Era Constitution

Whatever happens in Sunday’s referendum, the constitutional debate is far from over.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and PT candidate for São Paulo Gov. Fernando Haddad raise their hands during a campaign rally in Diadema, São Paulo state, Brazil, on July 9.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and PT candidate for São Paulo Gov. Fernando Haddad raise their hands during a campaign rally in Diadema, São Paulo state, Brazil, on July 9.

The Future of Brazilian Politics Will Be Decided in São Paulo

Lula’s Workers’ Party has never won the governorship of Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state. This could be its year.

A woman holds a banner that reads “Today a new country is born” as she awaits the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Aug. 7.
A woman holds a banner that reads “Today a new country is born” as she awaits the inauguration of Colombian President Gustavo Petro at the Simón Bolívar International Bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cúcuta, Colombia, on Aug. 7.

Venezuela’s Enabling Neighbors Change Their Tune

Former Maduro allies in Colombia and Brazil have recently rebuked him.

Imran Khan gestures toward an unseen crowd as he stands in front of a screen showing an enlarged photo of his face.
Imran Khan gestures toward an unseen crowd as he stands in front of a screen showing an enlarged photo of his face.

Imran Khan’s Revolution

The ousted prime minister is challenging the taboos of Pakistani politics.

Angolan opposition party National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) leader and presidential candidate Adalberto Costa Júnior gestures as he delivers a speech during the UNITA final campaign rally ahead of general elections, in Luanda, Angola, on Aug. 22.
Angolan opposition party National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) leader and presidential candidate Adalberto Costa Júnior gestures as he delivers a speech during the UNITA final campaign rally ahead of general elections, in Luanda, Angola, on Aug. 22.

Will Angolan Voters Ditch the Party of Liberation?

President João Lourenço’s MPLA faces an unusually strong challenge from a united opposition.

The Polish and Hungarian prime ministers give a joint press conference.
The Polish and Hungarian prime ministers give a joint press conference.

The End of the Affair

Europe’s illiberal alliance is disintegrating. Don’t get your hopes up though.

An illustration of the Thai word kuan teen
An illustration of the Thai word kuan teen

How Thai Activists Troll the Monarchy

Protesters have adopted humor and wit to critique the country’s politics.

An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.
An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.

Brazil’s Wall Street Turns on Bolsonaro

As the president’s threats to disregard October’s election results intensify, those who could tip the political scale are speaking up.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.

Why Is Armenia So Close to Russia and Iran?

The small Caucasus country challenges the idea that the world is splitting into democratic and autocratic camps.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Two men walk past a row of guards in uniform.
Two men walk past a row of guards in uniform.

Chinese Police Could Crush Solomon Islands Opposition

Government critics fear security pact consequences.

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helene-landemore-global-reboot-season-2-site

The Democracy Deficit

What accounts for the backslide, and how can it be reversed?

Supporters cheer in front of an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Supporters cheer in front of an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

What’s New About the New Authoritarianism?

Three recent books tackle how threats to democracy have shifted in the 21st century.

Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr flash the victory sign during protests inside the parliament building in Baghdad on July 30.
Supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr flash the victory sign during protests inside the parliament building in Baghdad on July 30.

Iraqi Politics Needs a Root-and-Branch Overhaul

New elections won’t fix what increasingly looks like a systemic problem.

Protesters attend a rally backing the Senegalese opposition in Dakar, on June 8.
Protesters attend a rally backing the Senegalese opposition in Dakar, on June 8.

Senegal’s Democratic Backsliding Is a Threat to African Democracy

A constitutional coup in a country that has long been a beacon for freedom would encourage authoritarians across the continent.

A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.
A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.

A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America

But if U.S. democracy continues to decay, what’s the point of being on top?

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