The liberal idea remains very vivid for people all over the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people—sometimes millions—leave poor, violent and poorly governed countries in search of a better life.
With many Europeans hewing to much sharper anti-Putin views as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, why did Hungarians re-elect an autocratic leader with ties to Putin?
If Russia wants to be influential on the continent, African political and economic leaders should demand more of Moscow, not simply settle for the symbolic diplomatic engagements or agreements at which the Russian leadership excels.
Slovenian voters had enough. They had enough of the kind of creeping populism, a kind of creeping authoritarianism that used the democratic system to kind of consolidate Jansa's power. They got fed up of the corruption.
Both South Africa and the United States wrestle with severe inequality, polarization, and the corrosion of democratic institutions. South Africa’s experiences provide important lessons for the United States’ own governance challenges.
How can one explain the government’s obstinacy? It’s something that dates back to 1950. Among the few things that keep Hindu Dalits from converting is that they retain the benefits of reservation.
Ukraine’s struggle would not end with this type of Russian defeat, however. The economic blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports must be broken if that country is to have a viable economic future. NATO needs to turn its attention to reopening Ukrainian ports and protecting innocent passage in and out of that country.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will be attending the opening meeting of the G20 sumit, but will skip the other sessions as long as Russia is present, even if only by video.
Earlier this month, the lead U.N. representative for Yemen announced a two-month cease-fire, the first major breakthrough since 2015 in the conflict between the Houthi rebels and Iran on the one side and the Yemeni government and its Gulf backers on the other.
But regardless of what he does, authoritarian leaders around the globe will continue to find creative ways to subjugate their citizens and pillage their countries’ resources. Liberal democracies will still have to contend with polarized publics, populist movements, and political disillusionment.