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October 10, 2017

Cambodia
Hun Sen_6.28.2017 Cambodia Draws Closer to Outright Authoritarianism

For decades, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the longest-serving nonroyal ruler in Asia, has played a delicate political game. While using a wide range of tactics—co-option of opposition party lead…

August 7, 2014

Global Governance
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks before members of parliament from his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on April 29, 2014. Authoritarianism Undercuts Turkish Aspirations

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, assistant director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program. When the Obama administration took office in January 2009, Turkey seemed poised …

April 24, 2017

Turkey
BP04242017 No, Erdogan Was Not an Authoritarian All Along

A combination of European Union mishandling and domestic developments propelled Turkey to where it is now.

September 16, 2016

Eritrea
African migrants were rescued by a Maltese patrol boat after their dinghy started taking on water. Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis

One of the leading sources of refugees in Europe is the impoverished east African nation of Eritrea. Many fleeing describe chronic human rights abuses.

April 19, 2017

China
Beijing-police-camera Podcast: Human Rights in the Shadows of Authoritarianism

Who and what define a human right? And when rights are violated, what recourse do citizens have to seek redress? On this week’s Asia Unbound podcast, Eva Pils, reader in transnational law at King’s C…

September 30, 2010

Thailand
 	 Add to cart   Add to lightbox (FA Nov-Dec 2010) Download layout (Watermarked) Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva addresses the Euromoney Thailand Investment Forum in Bangkok “Soft” Authoritarianism

In the Bangkok Post, one of the two leading English newspapers in Thailand, Thai academic Thitinan Pongsudhirak offered a sad commentary this week on the state of political affairs in the kingdom. …

July 20, 2010

Thailand
Anti-government red shirt protesters shout slogans holding a  poster with a defaced photo of Thailand’s prime minister Abhisit  Vejjajiva during a protest in central Bangkok Thailand’s Creeping Authoritarianism

Damir Sagolj / courtesy Reuters As international attention has shifted elsewhere following the dispersal of protests in Bangkok in May, the Thai government has quietly moved toward a kind of cree…

February 23, 2017

United States
Podcast ISA-Panel-1.jpg Inequality and the Rise of Authoritarianism

Jack A. Goldstone, Shadi Hamid, and Kathleen R. McNamara discuss inequality and the rise of authoritarianism.

March 16, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
RTSSYZ0_b International Studies Association Panel: Inequality and the Rise of Authoritarianism

As part of CFR’s Academic Outreach Initiative, I recently had the privilege of moderating a panel on inequality and the rise of authoritarianism with Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel …

July 21, 2016

Turkey
BP07212016 How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

It wasn't so long ago that the Turkish leader was seen as a model democrat in the Islamic world. What happened?