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From the War in Ukraine to Liberalism and Ethical Commitment

Read the latest publications by the Review of Democracy, our online journal.

The War in Ukraine Is All About Democracy vs Dictatorship

A dictatorship has just brutally attacked its democratic neighbor. It’s not the first time in history that happens, but there are good reasons to see the war in Ukraine as the first one defining the conflict lines of this century, Kacper Szulecki and Tore Wig argue in their op-ed.

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Ukraine: Not a War About Democracy

Rather than using the "empirically wrong" narrative of a "war of democratic values" when speaking about the war in Ukraine, Irina Domurath and Stefano Palestini explain that the West should adopt a framework which focuses on the international political and legal order.

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The Discourse of Privilege: Western Europe and the Russian War Against Ukraine

In this op-ed, Elzbieta Kwiecinska and Pavel Skigin explain why "being a radical pacifist is a great privilege that only Westerners can afford today."

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For a Democracy, It Is Vital To Be Able To Tell Facts Apart

Robert Nemeth talks to Marius Dragomir and Astrid Soderstrom, authors of a recent study on the state of state media globally, which covers 546 state media outlets in 151 countries and found that government control has reached extremely high levels

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Book Review: Filtering Populist Claims To Fight Populism: The Italian Case in Comparative Perspective

Julian Scholtes reviews Giuseppe Martinico's latest book, which is "a wonderfully written in-depth analysis of the constitutional dimensions of populism in Italy.”

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Revolutions Have Succeeded More Often in Our Time, but Their Consequences Have Become More Ambiguous

In this conversation with Ferenc Laczo, Mark R. Beissinger introduces his unique global dataset and probabilistic structural approach to revolution; analyzes the prevalent form of revolution in our age he calls “urban civic”, and more.

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Criminalizing Backsliding Judges?

In March, before the Hungarian elections, Oliver Garner sat down with Professor Armin von Bogdandy. They discussed Professor von Bogdandy’s recent article, published with Luke Dimitrios Spieker, on restoring the rule of law through criminal responsibility.

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Historians and Populism: Regional Perspectives and Entanglements

In light of the recent solidifying of what could be named as ‘populist international’, we are opening a conversation on one of the first areas and people that were targeted: history and historians. Populist regimes and their supporters feed themselves on historical myths, distortions and subversion of the public debate on historical themes.

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George Soros’ Philanthropy Is Based Completely on Values

In this conversation with Ferenc Laczo, Peter Osnos discusses his new edited volume George Soros: A Life in Full, which contains chapters by Leon Botstein, Eva Hoffman, Michael Ignatieff, Ivan Krastev, and Darren Walker, among a host of other distinguished authors.

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Does England Love Coalitions? Party Cooperation in the UK [Party Co-op Series]

Britain is probably the last country that comes to mind when one thinks of alliances of parties. In fact, there have been many examples of cooperation among parties both in the governmental, parliamentary and extra-parliamentary arenas. In this conversation with Zsolt Enyedi, Alan Wager discusses his upcoming book which will address this topic.

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Checking the Ascendant Executive in India

India, like many countries, faces democratic backsliding. Gaurav Mukherjee talks to Tarunabh Khaitan about his work on democratic backsliding in India, the rise of an unchecked executive, and more.

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Life Is Easier if You’re Not Telling Others How To Behave

In this conversation, sociologist Wolfgang Streeck discusses the EU and European integration, the future of the EU, and more with Laszlo Bruszt and Michal Matlak.

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Liberalism and Ethical Commitment in Dark Times

Joshua L. Cherniss discusses the central role ethical commitment played in twentieth-century liberalism in this conversation with Vilius Kubekas.

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Big, but Distant Dreams. Political and Legal Implications of Moldova’s Quest for EU Membership

Moldova applied for EU membership in March. After the USSR's dissolution, Moldova started to build its independent statehood based on democratic values. However, the question that arises is whether Moldova reached its political and legal maturity to join the EU.

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The War in Ukraine and the Refugee Crisis

Marta Jaroszewicz, assistant professor at the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw, elaborates on the current refugee crisis as the result of the war in Ukraine, the situation in the neighboring countries, and the EU refugee protection policies with Katarzyna Krzyzanowska.

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