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September 16, 2016

Eritrea
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.

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April 24, 2017

Turkey
No, Erdogan Was Not an Authoritarian All Along

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

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April 19, 2017

China
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…

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February 23, 2017

United States
Inequality and the Rise of Authoritarianism

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

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July 21, 2016

Turkey
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?

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June 28, 2016

Cambodia
Cambodia’s Turn Toward Authoritarianism (Again)

Over the past year, any hopes that Cambodia, where national elections almost led to a change in government three years ago, was headed toward a democratic transition, have been fully dashed. Prime Mi…

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May 1, 2018

China
Xi’s China Is More Authoritarian at Home and More Assertive Abroad, Argues Elizabeth Economy in New Book

May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…

May 4, 2016

Asia
A Turn Toward Authoritarianism in the Philippines?

As I wrote last week, the Philippines’ presidential race is still extremely close, going into the final days before Election Day. But as numerous Philippine polling organizations have reported, Davao…

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March 6, 2013

Politics and Government
Chavez Was Authoritarian, but Also Elected

In the wake Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s death on Tuesday, obituaries and analyses of Chavez’s legacy have already flooded the media. To be sure, his fourteen-year presidency was not without co…

Supporters of Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death outside the hospital where he was being treated, in Caracas March 5, 2013.

May 13, 2011

Politics and Government
Egypt: Sectarian Tensions and Authoritarian Temptations

Egyptian Muslims look towards army soldiers trying to break up clashes between Christians and Muslims in downtown Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) The sectarian violence that flared in Cairo earli…

Egypt: Sectarian Tensions and Authoritarian Temptations