Latin America’s Shifting Politics, Tools for Responding to Authoritarian Interference, and More from NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies



The October 2018 Journal of Democracy features a seven-article cluster on recent changes in Latin America’s political landscape, an essay on “Why National Identity Matters,” and more. All articles in the issue can be viewed free of charge on Project MUSE through November 17.

The International Forum asks five leading experts: How will “Deepfakes” and Emerging Technology Transform Disinformation?


From the Power 3.0 Blog

Amy Studdart outlines how democracies can better protect themselves from authoritarian election meddling in “Cybersecurity for Political Campaigns in the Digital Age.”

In “Authoritarian Anticorruption Campaigns: A Tool to Consolidate Power,” Clay Fuller explains how authoritarian regimes “manipulate anticorruption campaigns to consolidate power and manage perceptions at home and abroad.”

Laura Rosenberger argues that governments, private sector actors, and civil society must work together to create a cohesive strategy for strengthening democracy  in “Responding to Authoritarian Interference: Leveraging the Democratic Toolkit.”

Not the Droids You Were Looking For: Bots and the Weaponization of Star Wars,” by Dean Jackson, examines how “Russian influence operations may have played a role in generating controversy over the fan reception to Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.”



Ivan Krastev will explain why illiberal and anti-Western sentiments continue to rise in Russia and Central Europe, and discuss how democratic forces can respond to this challenge during his November 5 discussion on “Imitation and its Discontents: Democratic Malaise in Post-Communist Europe.




Writing for Foreign Affairs, Christopher Walker, Shanthi Kalathil, and Jessica Ludwig evaluate the increasing role of civil society in the fight against authoritarian influence.

Joseph Nye and Shanthi Kalathil joined the Pacific Council’s 2018 Teleconference Series to advocate for a “soft power” response to the “sharp power” tactics employed by authoritarian regimes.

In a piece for Foreign Policy, Christopher Walker, Shanthi Kalathil, and Jessica Ludwig offer strategies for measuring authoritarian sharp power efforts.

Authoritarian powers are defining the battlefield in ways advantageous to them—meaning that symmetric responses are often more difficult or less effective for democracies to undertake, in some cases because responding in kind would be inconsistent with democratic values.

– Laura Rosenberger, Responding to Authoritarian Interference: Leveraging the Democratic Toolkit