Democratic government has been regressing across the globe for more than a decade. Even the United States, the world’s oldest continuous democracy, has seen its democratic norms and practices eroded by rising inequality, populism, political polarization, institutional decay, and misinformation. Other current democracies teeter on the verge of becoming autocracies, potentially producing tectonic shifts in global power and exacerbating economic inequality and social tensions. And the COVID19 pandemic threatens to accelerate these trends.
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) aims to identify threats to the health of democracies around the globe and to recommend steps that policymakers, business leaders, civil society organizations, and citizens can take to reverse the erosion of democratic norms and values.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation.
China’s Crackdown on a Free Hong KongAfter the British government handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997, Beijing promised to let the city keep its capitalist economy and some of its democratic freedoms under the “one country, two systems” approach. However, Hong Kong’s future looks grim as Beijing increasingly cracks down on protests, free press, and dissent.
Tinubu’s Emergence Sets the Stage for Titanic Presidential Battle, but Mood in the Country Is FoulNigeria’s two major political parties have now picked their presidential candidates, but commotion across the country casts a shadow over the politics.
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