Globally, democracy has been retreating now for more than a decade. But since 2016, the pace of democratic regression has accelerated, and the rollback has spread from regionally powerful countries that had only recently established democracies to globally powerful states, and ones where democracy seemingly had sunk stronger roots.
Indeed, 2016 and 2017 seemed to bring only misery for democrats. But if 2016 and 2017 looked bad, the next three years could well be worse. For more on how the global democracy recession will deepen, see my new piece on Aspenia Online.