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January 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
After Democracies Collapse

Since the mid-2000s, democracy has regressed in nearly every part of the world. Global monitoring organization Freedom House (for whom I consult on reports on several Asian states) has recorded decli…

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December 21, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Recap 2018: Democracy Continues to Suffer

In addition to regression on the issue of press freedom, Southeast Asia witnessed backsliding on rights and freedoms in many other areas in 2018, with Malaysia as a notable exception to this trend. …

Duterte

December 20, 2018

Democracy
Can the United States Still Promote Democracy in Asia?

During the first two years of the Trump administration, Washington has dramatically reduced its rhetorical focus on democracy promotion in Asia. For instance, the president has mostly ignored issues …

Pence Asia

January 24, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

June 28, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The American People Support Promoting Democracy Overseas

Everyone knows that since the days of George W. Bush’s “Freedom Agenda”, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the failures in the “Arab Spring,” Americans no longer support the promotion of democracy a…

October 27, 2017

Democracy
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…

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

August 20, 2018

Southeast Asia
What Maneuvering Around the 2019 Elections Says About Indonesian Democracy

The past two weeks, both major contenders for the 2019 Indonesian presidential election took steps in advance of the contest next April, which almost surely will pit incumbent President Joko Widodo o…

Jokowi_8.10.2018

June 22, 2017

China
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.

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April 17, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
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…

Foreign Affairs May June 2018 Cover

September 14, 2018

Bangladesh
Bangladesh: Faith in Democracy and Institutions Is In Decline as Election Nears

A new public opinion poll shows that Bangladesh’s citizens are losing confidence in democratic institutions. The forthcoming election is an opportunity to renew the public’s faith in the democratic p…

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed consults with her team during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 18, 2017.