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Current History (2023) 122 (848): 335–341.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Kerem Öktem Elections under authoritarian regimes rarely deliver democratic outcomes. Still, most observers and pollsters expected Turkey’s May 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections to be different. A deepening economic crisis, a botched rescue effort after a devastating earthquake...
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Current History (2023) 122 (848): 348–354.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Stephen J. King Tunisia was the last surviving democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring, and had recently enacted legislation to combat racial discrimination. But President Kais Saied, since coming to power in a 2019 election, has returned the country to authoritarian rule. He has also rolled back...
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Current History (2023) 122 (843): 143–148.
Published: 01 April 2023
... authoritarianism gender discrimination The Taliban have been back in power in Afghanistan for almost two years. There had been hopes that they might chart a different course than they did in the 1990s, creating a more representative government and allowing women greater freedoms. Those hopes have all...
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Current History (2023) 122 (841): 56–62.
Published: 01 February 2023
.... © 2023 by The Regents of the University of California 2023 Cuba COVID-19 pandemic health care protests legitimacy authoritarianism In 2016, Cuba’s prospects looked bright. Relations between the United States and Cuba had been formally reestablished, and commercial flights between...
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Current History (2022) 121 (837): 271–276.
Published: 01 October 2022
...Diana T. Kudaibergenova Recent events in Kazakhstan show that political art has the potential to be a potent form of protest in some of the most authoritarian states in contemporary Central Asia. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, artists in Kazakhstan and elsewhere in the region began turning...
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Current History (2022) 121 (834): 135–140.
Published: 01 April 2022
... and an emergent public sphere that created space for democratic debate and cosmopolitan cultural expression. © 2022 by The Regents of the University of California 2022 Afghanistan media public sphere culture authoritarianism Taliban In US foreign policy circles, there is a common sentiment...
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Current History (2021) 120 (830): 372–373.
Published: 01 December 2021
... of the University of California 2021 Middle East energy Gulf States authoritarianism Every day in the news from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), one can find evidence of the massive changes that are coming. The signs began gathering even before the pandemic. While the Arab countries...
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Current History (2021) 120 (828): 287–289.
Published: 01 October 2021
... Putin corruption dissent authoritarianism His enemies see him as an illegitimate pretender to the Russian throne. His fans are captivated by his ability to survive assassinations and withstand torture. I was among those who nominated Alexei Navalny for the Nobel Peace Prize, and I am going...
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Current History (2021) 120 (828): 280–286.
Published: 01 October 2021
... themselves as partners of the state, even if their beliefs are not always fully aligned. © 2021 by The Regents of the University of California 2021 Russia religion human rights civil rights racism authoritarianism In 2001, a congregant of one of Moscow’s oldest and largest Protestant...
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Current History (2021) 120 (828): 290–292.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Nancy Ries In authoritarian countries, jokes can allow citizens to mock the system’s absurdities, but they also reinforce the boundaries of speech and thought. A study of humor in Belarus puts the country’s current protests in a new light, just as the old quiescent mentality may be changing...
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Current History (2021) 120 (828): 255–261.
Published: 01 October 2021
... the next quarter-century. Neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia transitioned to liberal democracy. Backed by an increasingly assertive Turkey, Azerbaijan prevailed in a bloody war in 2020. This time, the regional authoritarian powers, Russia and Turkey, are overseeing what could be a test case for a new form...
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Current History (2021) 120 (827): 221–226.
Published: 01 September 2021
... Britain in 1948. On May 22, 2014, and February 1, 2021, coups destroyed democracy in Thailand and Myanmar, respectively. In each country the coup was followed by heavy-handed repression of protesters. These events bookended a global trend toward authoritarianism. The Thai coup was followed by five...
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Current History (2021) 120 (826): 189–195.
Published: 01 May 2021
... authoritarianism is not due to any one personality or stereotypical “mad dictator,” however (notwithstanding Magufuli’s pandemic denialism, which may have cost him his life). It is part of the legacy of the early postcolonial period and the revered founding president, Julius Nyerere, who set the foundations of one...
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Current History (2020) 119 (821): 362–364.
Published: 19 November 2020
... new. Rather, this is part of its DNA. The Egyptian state deals with Egyptians not as rights-bearing citizens, but as a hindrance, a nuisance, even a danger. © 2020 by The Regents of the University of California 2020 COVID-19 pandemic Egypt authoritarianism Since Egypt recorded its...
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Current History (2020) 119 (818): 228–233.
Published: 20 August 2020
... a common approach in one area: nearly all have used the pandemic to crack down on political freedoms and civil liberties. © 2020 by the The Regents of the University of California 2020 COVID-19 pandemic democracy authoritarianism Southeast Asia Since the early 2000s, democracy has...
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Current History (2020) 119 (818): 234–240.
Published: 20 August 2020
... that it agree to reunification with the mainland. Chinese pressures on both fronts have provoked local resistance. Taiwan may now become a haven for pro-democracy exiles from Hong Kong. © 2020 by the The Regents of the University of California 2020 Hong Kong China Taiwan authoritarianism Xi Jinping...
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Current History (2020) 119 (818): 245–247.
Published: 20 August 2020
... others, has laid his life on the line. © 2020 by the The Regents of the University of California 2020 Xu Zhangrun Xi Jinping China dissent authoritarianism books The evolution of modern China toward constitutional democracy—envisaged over a century ago by participants in the Xinhai...
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Current History (2019) 118 (812): 364–365.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Omar Al-Ghazzi Two authors explore the mixture of violence, ideology, fear, and aspiration that the authoritarian regime has relied on to stay in power for several turbulent decades. The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory, and Government in Syria , by Salwa Ismail Cambridge University...
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Current History (2019) 118 (810): 276–281.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Rachel Harris [T]he entire Uighur population is now regarded as a problem in need of an aggressive solution. © 2019 Current History. All rights reserved. 2019 The Regents of the University of California China Xinjiang authoritarianism Islam Uighurs Central Asia cul 276 [T]he...
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Current History (2019) 118 (806): 90–95.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Milada Anna Vachudova What keeps European states committed to the EU project has not changed: it is economically much better to be inside the bloc than outside. Milada Anna Vachudova European Union Eastern Europe democracy populism authoritarianism illiberalism postcommunist Viktor...