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  • It is both the best and the worst of times for democracy – or at least for voting. Although a record-breaking four billion people across 76 countries will have cast ballots in elections this year, democratic institutions are increasingly under strain, and leading watchdogs warn of a broad-based global trend toward “autocratization.”

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      The Economic World We’ve Lost

      Michael R. Strain laments the declining support for policy principles that delivered decades of prosperity after World War II.
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      The Case for Optimism in the Muslim World

      Abdullah Gül offers a broad assessment of Muslim-majority countries’ progress toward democracy and sustainable development.
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      Latin America’s Big Opportunity

      Shannon K. O'Neil explains how the region could benefit from global economic and geopolitical reordering.
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      Britain’s Democratic Failure

      Kenneth Rogoff explains why nation-defining decisions should not be put to a simple majority vote.
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      How Serious Is Europe’s Anti-Democratic Threat?

      Sheri Berman considers whether right-wing populist parties pose a genuine danger to democracy in the region.
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      India’s “Truman Show” Democracy

      Debasish Roy Chowdhury explains how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chauvinist ruling party has coopted the country’s news media.
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      Accountability Holds the Key to Restoring Trust in Democracy

      Anat R. Admati argues that recklessness and deception flourish when their root causes are poorly understood.
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      America’s Democratic Dysfunction

      Kelly Born considers the deep-rooted problems that have tarnished the image of the world’s most famous democracy.
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      Whom Will America Elect?

      Gary Gerstle explains why the rematch between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has turned out to be a close contest.
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      The New-Old Authoritarianism

      Ruth Ben-Ghiat explains how Donald Trump and other “strongmen” leaders are dismantling democracy.
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      Is the UN Becoming Irrelevant?

      Mark Malloch-Brown, et al. consider whether, and how, the world's premier multilateral forum can remain effective.

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