Jason Brownlee

Nota: Este archivo abarca los artículos publicados por el autor desde el 1 de mayo de 2009. Para fechas anteriores realice una búsqueda entrecomillando su nombre.

For nearly a decade, pundits and academics have sounded the alarm that fraudulently elected or unelected rulers such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez have masterminded a downturn in democratic governance around the globe. Recent articles and books have painted a more nuanced picture, showing that the most shocking claims of “authoritarianism promotion” are not exactly true.

In a new article, I examine trends in democratic breakdown during the post-Cold War period and the 2000s. After combing the data, I found that authoritarianism is not, in fact, on the march. Leaders of nondemocratic states have actively promoted their interests abroad but have not subverted young republics or wrecked vibrant democracies.…  Seguir leyendo »

The debate over how the Obama administration should respond to the crisis in Egypt has mistaken a lack of political will in Washington for a lack of influence over Cairo, and incorrectly concluded that because General Abdelfatah al-Seesi might resist American pressure, no such pressure should be applied.

It is true al-Seesi would probably begrudge the White House and Congress if they sanction him over last week’s massacre of hundreds of civilians, which Human Rights Watch called the “most serious incident of mass unlawful killings” in modern Egypt. He might even revisit the privileged U.S. access through Egyptian airspace and the Suez Canal.…  Seguir leyendo »