Why Vladimir Kara-Murza Gave Up His Freedom

  • Pedro Pizano
The Russian dissident journalist and activist knew if he returned to Russia he would be imprisoned or worse. But he was plagued by one question that compelled him to go.
April 2024, Volume 35, Issue 2

America’s Crisis of Civic Virtue

  • Arthur C. Brooks
The problem for democracy today is not capitalism; it is a decline in public honesty and civility. But there is an opportunity to revive our sense of national community, if we seize it.
April 2024, Volume 35, Issue 2

The Liberalism of Refuge

  • Bryan Garsten
Liberal societies are those which offer refuge from the very people they empower—through individual choice, mobility, and the possibility of exit. This is the form of liberty that most clearly elevates the liberal project.

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April 2024, Volume 35, Issue 2

Indonesia’s High-Stakes Handover

Indonesians have just elected a former general accused of human-rights abuses, with little respect for democratic institutions. The country’s democracy has not failed, but it may soon be fighting for its life.

April 2024, Volume 35, Issue 2

Power, Performance, and Legitimacy

Around the world, democracy has lost steam. If we are to regain the momentum, we must harness these essential elements and wage the struggle with the conviction that the times demand.

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Global Freedom Is in Decline, But What About Democracy? | Yana Gorokhovskaia
Democracy is more resilient than many people realize, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t worrying signs on the horizon.

How Turkey’s Opposition Won Big | Berk Esen and Sebnem Gumuscu
Less than a year after a bitter loss, the opposition dealt Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling party their largest electoral defeat in decades. The question is whether they can now build on their success.

Why NATO Is More Than Democracy’s Best Defense | Robert Person and Michael McFaul
On its 75th anniversary, the Atlantic Alliance should be celebrated for being more than the world’s greatest military compact. It’s an engine of democracy’s advance.

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Can Liberalism Be Saved?

April 2024

Liberalism is being assailed from left and right, but it has not failed. In the Journal’s newest symposium, five authors grapple with questions of liberalism’s lasting relevance and its challenges for the future.

NATO at 75: Why It’s More Than a Military Alliance

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For 75 years, NATO has played a crucial role in defending democracy across the West. The following Journal of Democracy essays track NATO’s role in supporting democracy’s fight against autocracy.

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