Protesters hold posters with word "Censored" and the names of Hungarian newspapers during a statement of far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
It seems we are living through a distinctly illiberal moment. Wherever you look these days, free markets and open societies are under siege.
Look at China. Under President Xi Jinping, China has taken a series of actions meant to censor criticism and stamp out organized dissent. Last year, the country arrested nearly two hundred people for spreading politically inconvenient “rumors” about the Chinese stock market. Last week, it passed a sweeping new law that restricts the work of foreign NGOs. All the while, a cult of personality has been steadily, quietly building up around President Xi.
In Europe, also, illiberal forces are pushing forward. Right-wing political parties in Poland and Hungary have taken different steps to reshape their judiciaries, enact protectionist policies, and limit civil liberties. France, too, is struggling to balance its commitment to pluralism with its heightened security concerns.
Then there’s the United States. The 2016 presidential campaign has unleashed a wave of protectionist fervor on both sides of the political aisle. All remaining candidates have rejected the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free-trade deal in history. More troubling, however, is the nativist, authoritarian rhetoric animating a segment of America that is fiercely anti-trade, anti-immigrant, and anti-globalist. America’s continued military presence in the Middle East, as well as its hollowing middle class, will likely reinforce these attitudes.
How did we get here? And how long will this illiberal moment last? This week’s selected readings suggest some answers.
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Since 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, attempting to escape what has been called an ethnic cleansing campaign involving mass rapes and killings.
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Cities around the world have begun to map their own strategies onto the SDGs to accelerate progress on their own local goals, and Chicago should too.
Democratic breakdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the resurgence of authoritarian leaders around the world, suggest that democracy promotion is a failed project. But the United States still has an essential role to play in promoting democratic institutions abroad, argue Ambassador Derek Mitchell and Daniel Twining.
The US Congress has not approved a use of force since 2002. Oona A. Hathaway of Yale Law School joins Deep Dish to lay out a step-by-step plan for Congress to revive its war powers.
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Journalist Graeme Wood, author of The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State, takes a minute to discuss the difference between ISIS and Al Qaeda, and if ISIS has truly been defeated.
More than 1,200 days have passed since Britain's referendum to leave the European Union, but little has been decided in that time about how Brexit will actually take place.
October 7 marks 18 years since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Yet the Taliban and other insurgents continue to launch attacks, hold terrain, and decimate the US-backed Afghan security forces.
Dr. Alaa Murabit, a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, takes a minute to answer questions on gender equality, its role in global security, what part education plays in promoting gender equality, and what individuals can do to promote gender equality as well.
On October 1, the Chinese Communist Party marks seven decades in power, and yet the troubled legacy of revolutionary founder Mao Zedong looms over the People's Republic of China still today.
National security, alliances, immigration, and trade wars have already surfaced in debates and speeches by 2020 US presidential candidates. But how do the candidates’ ideas match those of Americans overall?
Australia has long been a strong ally of the United States, but new challenges and opportunities, including the rise of China, confront the alliance in the twenty-first century.
Council Women, Peace, and Security Fellow Katelyn Jones takes a minute to answer questions on equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion.