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Broken Promises
The End of Hong Kong As We Knew It

“One country, two systems” was always unstable. Now it is beginning to disintegrate.

Backsliding
Will America Remain a Democracy in 2020?

In the wake of the coronavirus, it’s an open question.

COVID-19
How We Can Manage the Pandemic and Preserve our Democracy

COVID-19 presents us with both our worst public health crisis in a century and the greatest challenge to our democracy since World War II. Here is a national strategy to address both challenges.

Doing Politics Right
How to Beat a Populist

Some lessons for older, more established democracies taken from the struggles of liberals fighting the good fight in younger and less stable democracies.

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Twelve-Step Program
A Season of Caesars

Unlike their predecessors, today’s authoritarians lack a common ideology. But once in power, they behave in remarkably similar ways.

Presidential Office of Ukraine
High Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Impeachment Conundrum

The Democrats are facing a dilemma: If they defend democratic norms by acting to remove President Trump from office, they risk getting dragged into a polarizing style of politics that works to his political advantage.

(Henry Alken, Art Institute of Chicago)
Field Experiment
What I Learned from Listening to Americans Deliberate

Turns out most Americans want the same thing: to be heard and understood.

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Past Is Prologue?
Is a Replay of Tiananmen Coming in Hong Kong?

There may not be much time to avert a tragedy.

(Richard Misrach, Art Institute of Chicago)
Foreign Influence
Playing with Fire on Election Security

If one foreign power continues to shred, on an ever-more daring basis, the integrity and inviolability of our electoral process, other foreign powers will draw lessons and follow. And they won’t all be pitching in on the Republican side. 

Eugène Delacroix, c. 1850
Ill Winds
A New Birth of Freedom

For all its recent setbacks, democracy still has the resources not only to resist but also to beat back the authoritarian tide.

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