Russia must face far stronger consequences for its electoral interference and disinformation operations, according to Philip Gordon and Robert Blackwill, senior fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations and veterans of the Obama and Bush administrations, respectively. The new U.S. National Security Strategy concludes that “actors such as Russia are using information tools in an […]

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Russia must face far stronger consequences for its electoral interference and disinformation operations, according to Philip Gordon and Robert Blackwill, senior fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations and veterans of the Obama and Bush administrations, respectively. The new U.S. National Security Strategy concludes that “actors such as Russia are using information tools in an […]

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The recent protests in Iran are unlikely to change who is in power. But they will spark a change of the system, led by the system, according to Dina Esfandiary, a Fellow in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Islamic […]

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The recent protests in Iran are unlikely to change who is in power. But they will spark a change of the system, led by the system, according to Dina Esfandiary, a Fellow in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Islamic […]

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  Growing Russian influence in the Balkans is undermining democratic institutions and retarding regional states’ prospects of accession to the European Union, observers suggest. The EU is launching a diplomatic effort to accelerate steps to bring six countries in the Western Balkans into the EU fold after years of stop-start progress, Reuters reports: Albania, Bosnia, […]

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  Growing Russian influence in the Balkans is undermining democratic institutions and retarding regional states’ prospects of accession to the European Union, observers suggest. The EU is launching a diplomatic effort to accelerate steps to bring six countries in the Western Balkans into the EU fold after years of stop-start progress, Reuters reports: Albania, Bosnia, […]

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Yascha Mounk’s The People vs. Democracy argues that while liberals took liberalism’s permanence for granted, voters became “fed up with liberal democracy itself,” notes Sohrab Ahmari. Mounk has also collected mountains of public-opinion data, mainly from the World Values Survey, which shows a deeper transformation: People in the U.S. and Europe increasingly reject democratic principles and […]

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Political leaders willing to fight for human rights principles showed that they could limit authoritarian populist agendas, Human Rights Watch said in launching its new World Report 2018: When leaders push back strongly against politicians who demonize minorities, attack human rights, and undermine democratic institutions, they can limit the advance of populists. But where mainstream politicians […]

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Seven years after the revolution, many Tunisians are losing faith in a democratic transition that was meant to bring wider prosperity, The Economist notes: A poll by the International Republican Institute, an American pro-democracy group [affiliated with the National Endowment for Democracy], found that most Tunisians think the country is going in the wrong direction […]

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Friday round-upLast night the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to take the highly unusual step of agreeing to review a lower-court decision preventing the federal government from dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, even though the appeals court has not yet ruled on the case. Amy Howe covers the government’s […]

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