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May 20, 2020

China
Exporting Authoritarianism

China is undertaking massive infrastructure projects across the world and loaning billions of dollars to developing nations. On paper, the objective is to build a vast trade network, but is China als…

Podcast Chinese president Xi Jinping greets crowd alongside Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

June 18, 2020

Zimbabwe
The Authoritarian Politics of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe

In the United States and around the world, societies are struggling to balance the sometimes draconian social controls needed to combat a highly contagious infectious disease with limits on government powers and protection for civil liberties. 

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives for the presentation of the 2020 National Budget at Parliament Building in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14, 2019

November 30, 2020

Cybersecurity
How Should Democracies Confront China’s Digital Rise? Weighing the Merits of a T-10 Alliance

Democracies should ask themselves whether forming yet another elite club of wealthy states represents the best means to counter China’s and fellow authoritarians’ digital rise.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump walk off with fellow leaders after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit.

February 21, 2020

Togo
Togo Slides Toward Authoritarianism

President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo will face six other candidates in the election, including longtime rival Jean Pierre Fabre. Fabre, a human rights activist, was nominated as the leader of Togo's main opposition party, National Alliance for Change, late last year. Thanks in part to the fragmented opposition, Gnassingbe is favored to win.

Faure Gnassingbe, president of Togo, wheres a navy suit and dark blue tie as he clasps his hand in front of a double microphone. Behind him and to the side is a Togolese flag hanging on a flag pole.

November 12, 2020

Cybersecurity
Widening the Aperture on the Study of Internet Control

Internet control is more than just an authoritarian problem. It invades the openness of democratic societies as well.

A man takes a selfie during a live screening of a ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

November 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Is ASEAN?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional organization that brings together disparate neighbors to address economic, security, and political issues, but the group’s impact remains limited.

A woman sits in front of flags of ASEAN members in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2011.

November 2, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Why the Middle East’s Strongmen Are Rooting for Trump

On substance and style, authoritarians see an ally in the White House—and hope to keep him there.

November 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 17, 2020

Peru
Peru’s Democratic Crisis

President Martin Vizcarra’s ouster has caused turmoil and a leadership vacuum, amid economic turbulence and severe pandemic strains. Why has Peru endured so much political upheaval?