What’s Wrong with East-Central Europe? Liberalism’s Failure to Deliver

January 2016

Is democracy in East-Central Europe suffering because of a lack of liberal zeal among elites, as Dawson and Hanley contend, or is it because
liberal policies have failed to deliver on their promises?

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Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): The Leninist Roots of Civil Society Repression

October 2015

East European communists inherited the Bolshevik obsession with represing
any genuinely independent civil society groups.

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Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): The Kremlin’s Information War

October 2015

The Kremlin is now bringing to the rest of the world the kind of propaganda and conspiracy theories it has been churning out at home.

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Hungary’s U-Turn: Retreating from Democracy

June 2015

The great achievements of Hungary’s 1989–90 transition—including democracy, rule of law, market-oriented reform, and pluralism in intellectual life—are being dismantled as the world looks the other way.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Forward to the Past in Russia

April 2015
Even if Vladimir Putin were to lose his grip on office, the “Russian system” might only wind up exchanging one form of personalized power for another in its endless search for self-perpetuation.
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