Democratic Change: The Impact of COVID-19, Illiberal Populism, and Sectarianism

Democratic Change: The Impact of COVID-19, Illiberal Populism, and Sectarianism

Project Expert

Joshua Kurlantzick
Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia

About the Project

This project explores the reasons for democratic decline in South and Southeast Asia, including the rise of illiberal populism, the persistence of military involvement in politics, the rise in sectarianism, and the impact of COVID-19, among other factors. The project also looks more broadly at the impact of COVID-19 on politics and society in several large democracies around the world, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States. The project seeks to generate detailed recommendations that policymakers and civil society leaders could enact that would rejuvenate democratic governance and address the challenges of the rise of sectarianism and illiberal populism in South and Southeast Asia, and would rejuvenate democratic governance in large democracies around the world. 

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.