To Unseat Netanyahu, His Challengers Risk Becoming Just Like Him

by Dahlia Scheindlin A visual expression of the Israeli election campaign would look a lot like a Jackson Pollock painting. All of the parties running were required to finalize their lists on Thursday, and declare whether they would merge, split… Continue Reading  

Freedom Rings Faintly from the U.S.

by Paul R. Pillar The watchdog organization Freedom House recently released its latest annual report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world. The picture is mixed as always, with many reasons for pessimism along with… Continue Reading  

Our Global Repressive Political Future

by Graham E. Fuller As one looks out over the global scene, the outlook for democratic societies appears increasingly dismal. (I’ll avoid a complex discussion here about definitions of “democratic,” simply to note the broad spectrum of democracies that exist,… Continue Reading  

Subversive Politicians and How to Protect Against Them

by Paul R. Pillar The acquisition of power, through the ballot box, in a democracy by political forces that undermine that very democracy—by surreptitiously channeling the influence of a foreign state or by using authoritarian tactics to retain power—is the… Continue Reading  

What Next for Gabon?

by Giorgio Cafiero Gabon, an oil-rich Central African state located along the equator, is not typically on the international media’s radar. The relative stability that has generally shaped Gabonese politics for decades largely explains the country’s low profile in the… Continue Reading