Journal of Democracy July 2022

Nearly everyone underestimated Volodymyr Zelensky—except for the Ukrainian people. The former comic turned heroic wartime president has long been recognized for his patriotism and fearless responses to injustice. He has championed the same ideals from the presidency as he did on the stage—integrity and engagement in politics, and unity and a shared identity among all Ukrainians.

Plus: Viktor Orbán won big in Hungary’s legislative elections; the son of dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. won the Philippines’ presidential election in a landslide; and Putin’s war on Ukraine is escalating, prompting analysts to look at why he has taken this course and what it means both inside and outside of Russia.


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  • Volodymyr Zelensky is far more than a brave wartime leader, writes Jessica Pisano. Ukraine’s president began changing the tenor and direction of Ukrainian politics long before the people made him their president.
  • Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party won another supermajority in April, dashing the hopes of a unified opposition. Kim Lane Scheppele details how Orbán uses legislative majorities to neutralize opposition strategies at every turn with changes to the law.
  • Vladimir Putin made food independence a pillar of Russian policy more than a decade ago, explain Janetta Azarieva, Yitzhak M. Brudny, and Eugene Finkel. Today, the Kremlin is using food as both a weapon and a shield.


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