As 2022 draws to close, we are reflecting on what has been a monumental year—for democracy in the world and for the Journal of Democracy. In our first year as coeditors, we strove to carry on the legacy of the Journal’s founders by continuing to feature the world’s best thinking on democracy in our pages. We also began publishing shorter, exclusively online pieces to give readers timely expert analysis of the most pressing developments in the struggle between democracy and dictatorship.
None was greater than Russia’s assault on Ukraine. And it is what mattered most to you, too: More than a hundred-thousand people have read “What Putin Fears Most,” by Robert Person and Michael McFaul, published on the eve of the invasion. Our coverage of this disastrous war and its consequences for Ukraine, Russia, and the larger fight for freedom topped our list of most-read online exclusives. We also ran pieces from the sharpest minds on the “white paper” protests in China, the demonstrations roiling Iran, Pakistan’s chronic instability, and much more.
We look forward to delivering more incisive commentary and cutting-edge scholarly research in print and online in 2023.
William J. Dobson and Tarek Masoud
The Top 10 Most-Read Journal of Democracy Online Exclusives in 2022
1. What Putin Fears Most (February)
2. How Putin’s War in Ukraine Has Ruined Russia (May)
3. Why Ukraine Will Win (September)
4. Why Putin’s Days Are Numbered (March)
5. Will Putin Outlast the War? (April)
6. Why Putin Must Be Defeated (May)
7. For Xi Jinping, the Economy Is No Longer the Priority (October)
8. Why Women Are Leading the Fight in Iran (September)
9. The Rebirth of the Liberal World Order (March)
10. Why Pakistan Always Seems on the Brink of Collapse (August)