The 2016 U.S. Election: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Article
April 2017

Traditional intermediary institutions such as parties and the legacy media are not what they once were, and they are not coming back. What are the implications of new social media and digital-campaign techniques?

Ethiopia: Silencing Dissent

Article
January 2016

Ethiopia’s ruling party has long been tightening its grip, using antiterrorism laws and harsh restrictions on media and civil society to silence voices critical of the regime.

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

Article
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.

After the Arab Spring: How the Media Trashed the Transitions

Article
October 2015

The Arab experience shows that the same media that facilitate the toppling of dictators can make it harder to build democracy.

Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): China’s Foreign Propaganda Machine

Article
October 2015

China is aggressively working to reshape its image, touting the “Chinese Dream” and its desire for a peaceful rise to power on the international stage.

The Maidan and Beyond: The Media's Role

Article
July 2014

Media, both new and traditional and both Russian and Ukrainian, played a major role in the EuroMaidan story from the very outset.

Breaking the News: The Role of State-Run Media

Article
January 2014

“New media” may generate a lot of buzz, but authoritarian regimes are proving disturbingly adept both at counteracting them and at using more traditional media to help themselves hang on to power.

China and East Asian Democracy: The Taiwan Factor

Article
January 2012

If the PRC moves toward democracy, it is likely to be in some part due to the influence of Taiwan.

The Split in Arab Culture

Article
January 2011

A powerful “salafist” public norm has taken root in the Arab world, becoming the main symbol of resistance to Westernization. At the same time, however, new cultural forces in the private domain are promoting a dynamic of secularization.

Books in Review: Acts of Resistance in China

Article
July 2010

A review of China's Long March to Freedom: Grassroots Modernization by Kate Zhou.

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