Anastassia V. Obydenkova

Anastassia V. Obydenkova is codirector of the research project “Regionalism and Regional International Organizations in a Fragmented World,” funded by Princeton University; a leading research fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow); and a research affiliate at the Institute for Economic Analysis of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research.

October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

Understanding Authoritarian Regionalism

Taking advantage of broad global respect for regionalism, authoritarian regimes are using their own regional organizations to bolster fellow autocracies. These groupings offer a mechanism for lending legitimacy, redistributing resources, and insulating members from democratic influences.