Yes, liberal democracies do need to build up a cohesive alliance to counter the threats – militarily and in the war of ideas – that are posed by aggressive authoritarianism, but without falling into two dangerous pitfalls – the author of How Democracies Die warns: to inadvertently bring all illiberal regimes into a united geopolitical front, and to think that the threat of personalistic despotism is just somewhere “out there”, and not also within the fragile corps of Western democracies themselves.
- From Egypt to Tunisia, from Algeria to Morocco, Islamist and democratic hopes alike have been dashed, or crashed. Time to reflect on how that could happen.
- Turkey is one of the drafters of the Conventions which has helped shape the European liberal legal order. Ironically Turkey was and is an authoritarian state, treated as a liberal democracy by the European institutions.
- The death of former leader Hosni Mubarak brings up questions on the actual degree of stability of his “ideal” successor al-Sisi. What institutional and social elements distinguish the two regimes?
- The number of arguments and explanations dealing with post-Soviet Russia is continuously increasing. Scholars, journalists and policy-makers are all obsessed with its trajectory and, even more specifically, the role of Vladimir Putin.
- Reset-Doc is pleased to publish and support the letters concerning recent events in Turkey that hundreds of academics, intellectuals and politicians, from around the world, have sent both to the US Government Officials, Barack Obama, John Kerry and Ashton Carter, and to the Highest Officers of the European Union, Federica Mogherini and Thorbjørn Jagland. While they disapprove the attempt to subvert the democratic process in Turkey through the military coup, these letters have been written to strongly condemn actions taken by the Turkish government in violation of human rights and rule of law. The undersigned, therefore, are calling to action the US government and the European Union to strongly criticize these violations, to closely monitor the situation and refuse to accept anything but the reversal of these authoritarian policies.