new podcast: power 3.0 | Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience
The International Forum for Democratic Studies is pleased to announce its new podcast, “Power3.0 | Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience.” In tandem with the Power 3.0 Blog, the Forum’s new podcast explores cutting-edge research and ideas about authoritarian resurgence, democratic resilience, and other emergent trends in the era of globalization that affect democratization, such as disinformation and transnational kleptocracy. Power 3.0 examines how modern authoritarian regimes, like those in China and Russia, have in some ways leapfrogged the capabilities of democracies by exploiting their openness through the features of globalization: the interconnected economic and financial system; the Internet, telecommunication technologies, and social media networks; international norms and institutions; global media; academic exchange; and culture.
“While authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments in the region are perhaps more eager to adopt Beijing’s vision and technological infrastructure given weaker institutional checks and balances, middle performing democracies with still evolving digital norms also remain vulnerable to moving in a less open direction.”
Reagan-Fascell Fellow and civil society activist Vera Gogokhia discusses the role of youth in the recent Georgian elections and considers the roots of the current disconnect between political parties and young people.
NED’s Vice President for Studies and Analysis Christopher Walker testified on the threat of sharp power to the integrity of democracies in the context of cultural diplomacy before the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
The latest issue of Democracy Research News highlights regional research from members of the global Network of Democracy Research Institutes. To submit comments or to inquire about joining the Network, please write to Melissa Aten.
Emeka Umejei discusses how Chinese investments may contribute to the replication of an authoritarian model of Internet governance with adverse consequences for democracy, freedom of expression, and human rights.
The International Forum’s Dean Jackson asked five leading experts about the role that “deepfakes,” emerging applications, and other forms of synthetic media may play in threatening to supercharge the disinformation crisis.