Democratization

Indian Air Force Tejas fighter jets perform at the Aero India air show at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangaluru, on Feb. 3.

How Did India Manage to Build an Advanced Fighter Jet Like the Tejas?

When it comes to sensitive industries like defense, democracy and the rule of law do matter.

Supporters of the Georgian opposition party United National Movement are seen in the party's headquarters as the police raided the building in Tbilisi on Feb. 23.

Arrest of Georgia’s Opposition Leader Prompts Call for Sanctions

A police raid on the opposition headquarters is a watershed moment for the region’s only democracy.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Munich Security Conference in the White House in Washington, on Feb. 19.

Biden Wants to Compete With China. Here’s How.

Washington’s battle with Beijing is not one of investment or innovation but one of values.

Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol

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Members of the National Guard at the U.S. Capitol

Washington Is Under Siege. American Democracy Isn’t.

The enhanced security measures in the U.S. capital have triggered a debate over openness, security, and democracy. But the country’s democracy isn’t dead yet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

A cutout of the Goddess of Democracy stands out in a sea of light during a vigil to remember the Tiananmen Square movement on its 10th anniversary in Hong Kong, on June 4, 1999.

Autocrats Have a Playbook—Now Democrats Need One Too

With democracy still in retreat, it is time to get smart about fighting back.

Chinese President  Xi Jinping, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hold a video conference during the EU-China summit on Sept. 14, 2020.

America Is Back. Europe, Are You There?

Europeans say they want cooperation with Washington. Their latest actions speak a different language.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol

Why Partisan Hostility Won’t End With Trump

The U.S. political system is designed for demonization and gridlock. Countries with proportional representation and parliamentary systems promote coalitions and cooperation among rivals.

Joe Biden addresses a gathering of Indian businessmen at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on July 24, 2013.

Can Biden Get Tough With America’s Friends?

India’s declining democracy poses an early test for the new U.S. administration.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to staff during his first visit to the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4.

Biden Puts a Kinder, Gentler Spin on ‘America First’

To lead abroad, Joe Biden argued in his first foreign-policy speech as president, America must heal itself.

Activists of the United Hindu Front hold pictures of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Barbadian singer Rihanna in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Why Rihanna and Greta Thunberg Are Taking on India’s Modi

Global celebrities are helping Indians to fight their government’s crackdown on dissent.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020.

Give Everyone a Vote on Kicking Politicians Off Social Media

If platforms aren’t going to enforce their rules properly, they should go back to Athenian ostracism.

Mario Draghi arrives to give a speech after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on Feb. 3, 2021.

Italy’s Politics of Purgatory Won’t End Well

Mario Draghi’s arrival as prime minister will only make his country’s political problems even worse.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Feb. 14, 2020.

The EU Tries and Fails Again on Venezuela

Instead of issuing limp statements, Europe should join Washington to get Maduro’s regime to negotiate with the democratic opposition.

Myanmar residents in Thailand hold up portraits of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on Feb. 1.

The Myanmar Coup Is the First Test for Biden’s Democracy Agenda

Washington’s response should be swift if Biden expects the world to take his commitment seriously.

Myanmar's commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, during a ceremony to mark the 71th anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.

Myanmar’s Coup Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

With Washington and much of the world preoccupied, the generals have calculated they can get away with it.

Flags of different countries hang from a house  in Aylesbury, United Kingdom, on May 8, 2020.

This Is the Year Democracies Fight Back

Liberal states have been on the defensive for too long.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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