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A Hero and a Martyr, Remembering Liu Xiaobo

Instead of promoting liberalization, China’s dramatic economic growth has reinforced the regime’s belief in the legitimacy and superiority of its state-driven economic model. The Economist magazine bluntly stated, “The West’s 25-year bet on China has failed.”

A Timeline: The Making of Boris Nemtsov Plaza

A newly named plaza in front of Russia’s embassy in Washington DC pays tribute to a slain opposition figure’s courage and resilience, and to his Russian and American supporters determined to promote and preserve his legacy.

Authoritarianism Breeds Extremism, Democracy Deters It

Research and facts on the ground show that democratic openness deters extremism more effectively than authoritarians whose first goal is to preserve the regime.

As Hungarians Head to the Polls, Will European Allegiance Suffer?

Hungarians are headed to the polls Sunday April 8, and many are concerned about the country’s turn away from Western-style democracy, but the reality is far more complex.