by Yuen Yuen Ang
Since opening its markets in 1978, China has reformed its vast bureaucracy to realize many of the benefits of democratization without giving up single-party control. But bureaucratic reforms cannot substitute for political reforms forever. And under Xi, the limits of this approach are beginning to loom large.
by Yascha Mounk and Roberto Stefan Foa
The future promises two realistic scenarios: either some of the most powerful autocratic countries in the world will transition to liberal democracy, or the period of democratic dominance that was expected to last forever will prove no more than an interlude before a new era of struggle between mutually hostile political systems.
by Graham Allison
Rather than seeking to return to an imagined past in which the United States molded the world in its image, Washington should limit its efforts to ensuring sufficient order abroad and concentrate on reconstructing a viable liberal democracy at home.
by Moisés Naím and Francisco Toro
Socialism and declining oil prices are often blamed for Venezuela’s catastrophe. In reality, it was decades of destructive leadership under Hugo Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro, that transformed Venezuela into a poor country and criminalized state beholden to a foreign power.
by Robert Jervis and Mira Rapp-Hooper
To have any chance of success, U.S. strategy toward North Korea must be guided by an accurate sense of how Kim’s regime thinks and what it knows about Washington. Failure to do so could lead the United States to stumble into the worst conflict since World War II.