Democratization

People hold Cuban and U.S. flags during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, in Hialeah, Florida, July 15.

Biden’s Missed Opportunity in Cuba

The U.S. president’s hard-line rhetoric belies the island’s humanitarian crisis and cedes an opportunity to shape what comes next.

A Libyan teacher waves the flag of Libya’s former monarchy, which was adopted by anti-Muammar al-Qaddafi forces, at the start of the school year in Tripoli on Sept. 18, 2011.

Could a Monarch Heal Libya?

The country needs a unifying figure. Ahead of elections this year, it’s worth considering a constitutional monarchy.

Riot police stand guard outside the house of Cristiana Chamorro, a presidential candidate who was arrested this week, in Managua, Nicaragua, on June 2.

Did Ortega Just Kill Nicaragua’s Democracy?

His arrests of opposition candidates could seal the country’s political fate, but not if Biden fights back now.

Voters line up to cast their ballots on Super Tuesday March 1, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Data Show Democracy Is Thriving

Don’t believe the talk of democratic decline. The world’s belief in self-government is stronger than ever. 

A Chilean holds a flag from the Comunist Party of Chile to celebrate victory after the end Constitutional Convention Elections weekend on May 16 in Santiago, Chile.

Chile’s Constitution Is Too New for Its Own Good

The path is clear for a social democratic revision of its political system—and for a severe backlash.

Georgian opposition supporters wave national flags.

Georgian Democracy Stumbles Onward After Parliament Deal

A six-month stalemate over vote-rigging accusations has been partially, but messily, resolved.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from No. 10 Downing St. in central London on April 18, 2018.

India’s “Electoral Autocracy” Hits Back

Angry about India’s Freedom House and V-Dem ratings, Modi is creating his own democracy rankings.

People take a picture with a gold statue of former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 27.

All Politics Is Personalized

Around the world, political leaders have amassed power by weakening their parties, and democracy may never recover.

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.