The left-populist authoritarianism that is taking hold across a swath of Latin America bears many resemblances to the rightist populism that was once widespread in the region. There are signs, however, that the leftist variant will be an even bigger problem for liberal democracy.
President Rafael Correa, now entering his third term, has built a curious form of populist-authoritarian regime. He champions redistributionism and a kind of technocratic leftism while assaulting the traditional left along with such mainstays of a liberal society as the freedom of the press.
The Putin regime, having faced its first real challenge in the form of mass protests after the 2011 Duma elections, is responding with a series of laws intended to intimidate its civil-society opposition, if not stamp it out altogether.
The Arab world’s old autocracies survived by manipulating the sharp identity conflicts in their societies. The division and distrust that this style of rule generated is now making it especially difficult to carry out the kind of pact-making often crucial to successful democratic transitions.
- Newly elected Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta's April 9 inaugural address.
- UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai's second annual report to the Human Rights Council, presented on April 24.
- Remarks by Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, at the April 9 National Endowment for Democracy event "Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba: The Legacy of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas."