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Democracy and Its Enemies

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  1. reedlangen6_Leon NealGetty Images_UKsupremecourt Leon Neal/Getty Images

    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
  2. woods55_Jodi HiltonNurPhoto via Getty Images_polarization Jodi Hilton/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    An Antidote to the Polarization Poison

    Ngaire Woods suggests how policymakers can foster a sense of solidarity among people of different political creeds.
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    Will Europe Ever Get Serious About Defense?

    Daniela Schwarzer laments the lack of a strong, coordinated message at the latest Munich Security Conference.
  4. malik7_Rebecca ConwayGetty Images_pakistan election Rebecca Conway/Getty Images

    Pakistan’s Middle-Class Rage Against Military Rule

    Adeel Malik explains how economic dissatisfaction fueled the electoral backlash against the country’s leadership.
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    How to Depolarize American Politics

    Edward B. Foley & Eric S. Maskin propose a system in which voters can express a preference between three candidates.
  6. schwarzer7_ Sean GallupGetty Images_afd Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Germany’s Dangerous Alternatives

    Daniela Schwarzer explains why rising support for newer radical parties poses a serious threat.
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    The Case for Banning Anti-Democratic Candidates

    Jan-Werner Mueller explains how, and under what conditions, disqualifying individuals from elections is justified.
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    American Greatness and Decline

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. warns that populist nationalism at home is by far the biggest threat to US power.
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    Will 2024 Be the New 1933?

    Mark Jones worries that, with fateful elections looming this year, the lessons of Hitler’s rise to power are being ignored.
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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
  5. op_fofack3_Sean GallupGetty Images_rutogeorgieva Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
  7. haldar31_Sefa KaracanAnadolu AgencyGetty Images_navalny Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
  8. rbrooks1_Markus Scholzpicture alliance via Getty Images_germanyshipping Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images

    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
  9. thallinger3_Sean GallupGetty Images_fossil fuels Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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