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June 4, 2018

Bangladesh
Lawyers supporting Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) shout slogans as they sit on a street during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Bangladesh’s Democratic Erosion: How Democracy Assistance Can Help

Steve Cima is resident program director for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Geoffrey Macdonald is principal researcher for democracy and governance at the International Republican Institute. Banglade…

April 17, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs May June 2018 Cover A Global Report on the Decline of Democracy

“Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on indepen­dent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known…

March 19, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trudeau-11.12.2017 Picking Up the Mantle on Democracy Promotion

More than one year into the Donald J. Trump administration, it has become obvious that the White House has little interest in using the bully pulpit, or U.S. funds, for promoting democracy and human …

April 26, 2018

Human Rights
Demonstrators protest against police violence and the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua on April 23, 2018. Why We Must Never Give Up on Democracy

In Nicaragua and Armenia today, people are rising up against tyranny and demanding human rights and democratic rights. Nicaragua has been suffering under a decade of misrule and deepening tyranny …

October 27, 2017

Democratization
A woman carrying her child casts her vote during general elections in the district of Poroy in Cuzco, April 10, 2016. Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

I was recently featured on a panel with Katie Simmons and Ken Wollack, moderated by Bruce Stokes, that discussed global public opinion toward democracy amid the rise of populists and autocrats, and t…

April 24, 2018

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_11.9.2017 Democracy Will Regress Further in 2019 and 2020

Globally, democracy has been retreating now for more than a decade. But since 2016, the pace of democratic regression has accelerated, and the rollback has spread from regionally powerful countries t…

March 5, 2018

Authoritarianism
Xi and Putin Global Democracy Retreats as Authoritarianism Marches Forth

In an op-ed recently published in the Hill, I write about what democracy in retreat and authoritarianism on the march mean for the future of the liberal world order. President Xi Jinping’s brazen…

June 22, 2017

China
Hong-Kong-Democracy-BGR.jpg Democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has certain political and economic freedoms based on China’s “one country, two systems” principle, but the city’s political evolution is challenging its relationship with the mainland.

December 21, 2017

Egypt
Sisi Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence.

April 23, 2018

United States
Play The Rise of Illiberal Democracies The Rise of Illiberal Democracies

Speakers discuss the growing trend toward populism around the world and the current global state of democracy.