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September 15, 2023

Further Downhill for African Democracy Efforts

Democracy is decidedly worse for wear in Africa following a set of sham elections in Zimbabwe and Gabon, with few bright spots in the upcoming electoral calendar.  

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during his inauguration at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 4, 2023.

September 13, 2023

International Organizations
BRICS Nations and the Future of Emerging Markets

Panelists discuss takeaways from the fifteenth annual summit of BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), as well as the bloc’s position as an alternative to existing internatio…

Play BRICS leaders on stage

September 19, 2023

Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future

Sparks tells the story of how underground writers, filmmakers, and journalists are challenging one of the pillars of Communist Party rule: its control of history. In underground documentary films, sa…

Teaching Notes image for Sparks.

August 15, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
Democracy in Name Only for Africa

Three decades after the fight for multiparty democracy in Africa, many on the continent still face sham elections, restrictions of rights, and few improvements.

A voter casts their ballot for the national election at a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone on June 24, 2023.

April 11, 2023

The Future of Liberal Democracy in Europe

Panelists discuss the current state of identity politics and populism in Europe, including the complex interaction between economic and cultural factors, and how they affect the state of democracy ac…

Play Protester raises flares in Paris

August 22, 2023

United States
The Future of Dollar Hegemony

The United States has benefited from the dollar’s dominance of global markets for decades. Washington should be wary of squandering those benefits through political infighting and reckless policymaki…


August 14, 2023

What Now for Thai Democracy?

Pheu Thai's path to power has sullied its democratic credentials.

Thai politician wears a white shirt and stands in front of a backdrop with red, white, and blue lines on it.

August 14, 2023

Southeast Asia
The State of Democracy in Southeast Asia Is Bad and Getting Worse

By 2020, with the state of democracy already in dire shape, it seemed that things couldn’t get worse. And yet, in the past few years, they have.

A picture of Thai prime ministerial candidate is held up as protestors stand behind an iron fence.

August 9, 2023

Southeast Asia
The State of Democracy in Southeast Asia is…Awful

Democracy continues to regress across Southeast Asia.

Cambodian politician Hun Manet wears a light green, short-sleeve shirt while placing his paper ballot in a box.