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June 9, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello (Ahlan), Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: President of Egypt

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s new president yesterday.  He succeeded the interim president, Adly Mansour. And who appointed Mansour? Why, Sisi himself after he and the Egypt…

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January 18, 2011

Regional Organizations
Asia in the 21st Century

National flags of the U.S. and China are seen in front of an international hotel in Beijing January 17, 2011. (Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters) In the most recent issue of Current History, I have an arti…

National flags of the U.S. and China are seen in front of an international hotel in Beijing

June 2, 2011

Global Governance
Democracy in Decline

Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a pro-democracy demonstration organised by the "February 20 Movement", who are demanding political reforms, in Casablanca May 29, 2011. (Macao/Courtesy…

Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a pro-democracy demonstration organised by the

June 13, 2011

Global Governance
Unnatural Selection

People gather in front of City Bank to buy tickets for the cricket World Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 2, 2011. (Andrew Biraj/Courtesy Reuters) In today’s Financial Times, I have a review of t…

People gather in front of City Bank to buy tickets for the cricket World Cup in Dhaka on January 2, 2011.

May 21, 2012

Politics and Government
Review: ’The Dictator’s Learning Curve’ by William Dobson

The ongoing uprisings in the Arab world, as well as transformations in Myanmar and several other closed countries, have led to predictions that we are in the beginnings of a global Fourth Wave of dem…

In his new book, Dobson argues the Chinese Communist Party is one of several New Age autocratic regimes that justify oppressive rule with economic success. Pictured: Chinese President Hu Jintao. (Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters)

November 12, 2012

Politics and Government
Is Democratic Government in Decline?

In my forthcoming book Democracy in Retreat,  I examine how, contrary to public perception in the wake of the Arab Spring, democracy has in reality become weaker, less effective, and less supported b…

Supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra clash with riot police during a protest against the government outside Parliament in Bangkok December 30, 2008.

January 16, 2013

Politics and Government
Report Shows Democracy’s Decline for Seventh Straight Year

Today, at an event hosted by my colleague Mark Lagon at the Council on Foreign Relation’s office in Washington, DC, the NGO Freedom House released the findings of its annual international survey Free…

Leftists displaying banners and portraits of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong demonstrate outside the office of the liberal Southern Weekly newspaper in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou January 9, 2013, denouncing the newspaper as "a traitor newspaper" for defying the party.

February 11, 2013

Politics and Government
’Democracy in Retreat’ Review Capsules

My new book Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government (CFR and Yale University Press) has started to amass reviews, and from both boo…

A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez wears glasses reading "I'm Chavez" as he attends a parade to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Chavez's attempted coup d'etat in Caracas February 4, 2013.

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.

April 5, 2013

Politics and Government
Prescriptions for Democracy Assistance

At the National Endowment for Democracy this Monday, I met with a large group of democracy promotion specialists from all over the world. They offered valuable insights about how their work was affec…

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks in front of parliament members in Jakarta August 16, 2012.