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Larry Diamond
Democracy Square
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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.

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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.

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(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.

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(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. 

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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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(Man Ray, Art Institute of Chicago)
Electoral Reform
The Long Game of Democratic Reform

A growing array of reformers are coming to see the logic of “master reform,” the one most likely to break the logjam on all the others: Ranked Choice Voting.

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Destiny
The Coming Demographic Disruptions

Immigration is now a demographic imperative. The United States, EU, and other industrialized countries must figure out a way to handle it before it’s too late.

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Democracy Watch
The Long Freedom Slump

The good news is that democracy is not declining, at least in the aggregate. The bad news is that developing countries have taken a turn for the worse.

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America & the Authoritarians
A Hinge in History?

We live in perilous times. A domestic constitutional crisis that looks ever-more likely would unfold in a global context of profound turbulence and instability.

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