In a few months, Indians will vote on whether to give Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP a third term in power. The last five years under the Hindu-nationalist party have been marked by heightened repression and illiberalism—with regime critics, independent journalists, and the country’s Muslim minority suffering intense persecution. In a country that increasingly resembles the Jim Crow American South, can the opposition unite to halt India’s authoritarian turn?
Plus: How autocrats around the world are using LGBTIQ rights to turn citizens against liberal democracy; why Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may be more vulnerable than he appears; and the need to create new ways of governing AI to protect democracies from mounting risks.
- White supremacy and Hindu supremacy have similar political objectives. Ashutosh Varshney and Connor Staggs contend that the BJP is now forging a regime of exclusion and oppression as brutal as the Jim Crow South.
- The BJP is ruling with a heavier hand than ever before. Yet, argues Rahul Mukherji, these may be the ideal conditions for a democratic revival—if the opposition seizes the moment.
- Ayesha Jalal explores Pakistan’s current era of instability created by the schism between the military establishment and former prime minister Imran Khan.
- Populism is a mortal threat to liberal democracy. But Kurt Weyland shows that would-be strongmen require an extraordinary set of circumstances to succeed.
- Autocrats are claiming that LGBTIQ rights—a proxy for liberal democracy—are a threat to the family, the church, and the nation, warn Phillip Ayoub and Kristina Stoeckl.
- Advanced AI poses twin perils, explain Danielle Allen and E. Glen Weyl: the collapse of democratic control over key state functions and the concentration of political and economic power in the hands of the few.
- East Central Europe is divided over the war in Ukraine. Anna Grzymała-Busse argues that support for the besieged country rests not on geography or memories of Soviet domination, but on the interests of elites.
- Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is heading into his third term amid economic turmoil, writes Hesham Sallam. Will extravagant spending and increased repression be enough to keep him in power
Also in this issue:
- The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are spreading their influence across borders. Christopher Davidson delves into this dangerous new chapter between the Gulf monarchies and the West.
- Judges in Brazil, Columbia, and Mexico are showing a surprising resolve in defending democracy, write Diego A. Zambrano, Ludmilla Martins da Silva, Rolando Garcia Miron, and Santiago P. Rodríguez.
- The political flexibility of democracy that allows separatist movements to flourish also provides the tools to snuff them out. This paradox, posits Omar G. Encarnación, explains why they rarely succeed.
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- The World Has Become Flatter for Authoritarian Regimes by Christopher Walker
- How Guatemalans Are Defending Their Democracy by Manuel Meléndez-Sánchez and Laura Gamboa
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