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April 20, 2021

Europe
COVID-19 and the Threat to Press Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased threats to press freedom in the region, raising questions over how to respond.   

March 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
As in Myanmar, Coups are Becoming More Successful, and More Sophisticated

Early this month, Myanmar’s armed forces took control of the country. Moving overnight, they detained most leading politicians and many civil-society activists, barricaded roads, cut off internet acc…

Protesters take shelter behind shields as they clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 1, 2021.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
After Trump: Lessons From Other Post-Populist Democracies

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies, from the United States to India, the…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

January 14, 2021

United States
After Trump, Is American Democracy Doomed by Populism?

The Trump presidency has demonstrated the appeal of populist authoritarianism to many Americans. The way the country responds to the attack on the U.S. Capitol will indicate how long this movement la…

April 4, 2013

China
Big Data: An Interview with Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, authors of the new book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, published last month, answered several questions on big d…

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (Courtesy Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin)

August 27, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 27, 2020

TikTok sues U.S. government; New Zealand stock exchange disrupted by cyberattacks since Tuesday; India to phase out Chinese equipment from telecommunications networks; and Federal agencies release ad…

A man holding a phone walks past a sign of Chinese company ByteDance's app TikTok.

May 10, 2019

Hungary
Viktor Orban’s U.S. Visit Could Bolster Europe’s Populists

President Trump’s hosting of Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be viewed as a boost to populists and another blow to Europe’s strained political center.

Viktor Orban attends a news conference.

May 6, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Gendered Disinformation, Democracy, and the Need for a New Digital Social Contract

This post was coauthored by Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues, and Lucina Di Meco, cof…

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris addresses the media after participating in an event with women small business owners in Rhode Island.

April 2, 2020

Democracy
Hungary’s Parliamentary Vote, Journalists’ Increasing Struggle, and More

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban exercises sweeping executive powers amid the coronavirus pandemic, global and local media outlets face pressure, and Israeli leaders move to form a national emer…

Podcast Demonstrators protesting against recent legislative measures introduced by the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gather in Budapest's Heroes square on January 5, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

April 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Coronavirus, Foreign Policy, and Election 2020

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus’s impact on Election 2020, calls for sanctions relief for Iran, and authoritarian …

A blue sign that says "VOTE" with an arrow points voters toward a polling station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the 2018 midterm elections.