The Fight for Democracy: A New Era of Competition

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NED Vice President for Studies and Analysis Christopher Walker in a new issue of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s International Reports discusses how authoritarian regimes have made dramatic inroads in challenging the integrity and prestige of the democratic systems of the West.

Taken together, the forces working against democracy are more powerful than at any time since the end of the Cold War. In taking the initiative against democracy, authoritarians have shown a clear ability to learn and improve their methods of repression and manipulation, both at home and abroad. Leading authoritarian regimes devote extraordinary resources to advancing their preferred worldview and interests – through international media outlets, the development of powerful state-backed digital capabilities, state-friendly policy institutes, and cultural outreach – something that has been underappreciated by the democracies. 

 

Photo Credit: Tony Gentile, Reuters (as appears on the cover of  International Reporting)