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Ranked-Choice Voting
A Victory For Democratic Reform

The voters of Maine rejected political cynicism on Tuesday and endorsed one of the most promising reforms to our politics.

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A New Hope
Malaysia’s Democratic Breakthrough

“At a time when democracy is in retreat around the world, I hope that the people of Malaysia have given some hope to people around the world clamouring for their own freedom.”

—Anwar Ibrahim, May 15, 2018

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Pushing Back
Countering a Kleptocratic Kremlin

We must remember that predatory authoritarianism is not stamped into the Russian DNA.

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Following the Leader
Are People Losing Faith in Democracy?

A new survey offers some reassurance that Americans retain their trust in democracy—but disturbing trends lurk beneath the surface.

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The Importance of Engagement
The Liberal Democratic Order in Crisis

We are at a tipping point. Around the world, many democracies are hanging by a thread and autocrats are preparing more savage assaults on what remains of freedom.

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The Pressure's On
Our Year of Living Dangerously

Domestic and international pressures are intersecting in dangerous ways for the Trump presidency in 2018.

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A Wake Up Call
This Sputnik Moment

As authoritarian states like China double down on strategic investments and project their “sharp power” abroad, the United States may finally be reaching a new Sputnik moment.

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Political Decay
How to Reverse the Degradation of Our Politics

To fix democracy globally, we must first address toxic partisanship and polarization here at home. A promising electoral experiment in Maine might show the way.

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Welcome to Democracy Square

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this blog about the issues and challenges confronting democracy at home and abroad.

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A Gathering Storm
Is There a Crisis of Liberal Democracy?

We have entered a new era in which two great-power adversaries are threatening our democratic way of life with great subtlety and sophistication.

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