National politics is increasingly overshadowing everything else, even as local government does more and more. Here’s how to right the balance.
Iran’s women were the Islamic Republic’s first target for repression. This is the newest chapter in their struggle to win back their rights.
The Kremlin’s order to call up Russians to fight in Ukraine risks massive protests. It’s the riskiest decision of Putin’s rule, and it could lead to his undoing.
Iranians are once again flooding the streets in protest. How is this wave of demonstrations different?
The last Soviet leader brought down his regime and ended the Cold War. The free world owes him a debt of gratitude.
The country’s military is advancing on the battlefield. If Ukraine defeats Russia’s massive army, the ripple effects will be felt across the globe.
Mikhail Gorbachev risked everything. Neither Russia nor the West could live up to his vision.
Afghanistan taught us that a firehose of unaccountable aid can destroy a country’s democratic future. In Ukraine, we are making the same mistake all over again.
The military has spent decades trying to impose order on Pakistani politics. It has led to chaos.
Establishment parties are flagging. They should learn from political disruptors.
Across Latin America, former leaders are keeping a chokehold on their countries’ politics. It’s time their successors break free.
It is tempting to believe the horrors of the past will not haunt our future. Vladimir Putin is proving that we hold such beliefs at our peril.
While widespread violence or civil war was averted, the consequences for Russia—and Putin—could be grave.
Larry Diamond, the leading scholar of democracy, helped to found the Journal of Democracy more than 32 years ago. “Democracy’s Arc: From Resurgent to Imperiled,” published on the eve of the war in Ukraine, was his final essay as our coeditor. But Larry penned numerous pieces for the Journal. Ten of these landmark essays are…
The more determined democracies are to avoid war, the greater the risk that autocracies will wage it.
Journal coeditors Will Dobson and Tarek Masoud joined former coeditor Larry Diamond for a conversation on the future of democracy. At the event, Diamond was awarded NED’s Democracy Service Medal.
May 18, 2022
In a matter of weeks, the Russian autocrat has erased his country’s prosperity in a feckless attempt to rebuild a doomed empire.
How does a Russian autocrat celebrate Victory Day while losing a war? Expect lies, myths, and propaganda.