Our Top Weekend Reads
Market response to the coronavirus, China deflecting blame, and the dawn of post-democratic Europe.
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.
Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe
Hungary has used the pandemic to abandon its last vestiges of democracy—and to dare the EU to do anything about it.
Authoritarianism in the Time of the Coronavirus
The pandemic offers dictators—and democracies alike—an opportunity for abuse.
Ethnic Conflict Threatens Democracy in Guyana
The country’s simmering ethnic tensions threaten to undermine a fragile democratic system and bring on the resource curse before the proceeds from massive offshore oil discoveries arrive.
How China is Exploiting the Coronavirus to Weaken Democracies
Beijing is using the pandemic to drive wedges between members of the European Union, and to advance its propaganda war against the United States.
Yes, Blame China for the Virus
A bungled response in Western countries is no reason to take the heat off China. If China had a different government, the world could have been spared this terrible pandemic.
Sudan Has a Window of Opportunity. The West Shouldn’t Squander It.
The country’s democratic transition is working, but without international support, it could fail.
West African Leaders Are Rolling Back Democratic Gains
Taking a page from Vladimir Putin's playbook, undemocratic leaders in Guinea and Togo are seeking to extend their rule through ostensibly democratic means.
What Washington Can Learn About Elections—From Abroad
The United States has aided polarized democracies in countries from Kenya to Sri Lanka. It’s time to apply those lessons at home.
Foreign Interference Starts at Home
The West is obsessing about how its democracies are under attack—except when it comes to all the self-inflicted damage.
Iraq Needs Regime Change Again
Musical chairs in the Iraqi parliament can no longer solve the country's problems.
If Iowa Were in Africa, International Observers Would Be Crying Foul
The process and results of the Iowa caucuses would be roundly denounced and challenged in the courts in most developing countries. So why are they allowed to stand in the United States?
Could a Spy Save Liberal Democracy?
John Le Carré’s latest protagonist bridges his old and new heroes, contending with the question of loyalty to a liberal society in crisis.
Sudan’s New Prime Minister Grapples With His Country’s Past
Abdalla Hamdok wasn't sure he wanted the job, but six months later there is reason to hope—despite the failed mutiny this week.
Myanmar Has Blazed a Path to Democracy Without Rights
Aung San Suu Kyi’s persecution of the Rohingya paved the way for Modi.
Is Liberal Democracy Always the Answer?
Guinea-Bissau challenges the imposition of Western forms of government.
There’s Only One Way for Democracies to Save the Planet
The Netherlands is taking the lead in solving climate change—and proving that the rest of the West is doing democracy wrong.
The Enemies of Sudan’s Democracy Are Lurking Everywhere
The country successfully toppled a dictator. Now it's in an epic battle to secure freedom.