As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, autocratic governments are finding the crisis to be a useful pretext for strengthening their rule and tightening their grips. In Hungary, Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Russia, strongman leaders are taking advantage of a distracted international community in order to advance and reinforce their own authoritarian agendas.
Melinda Haring and Doug Klain call up Ambassador Dan Baer, former US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Elspeth Suthers, Senior Program Officer for the South Caucasus, National Endowment for Democracy; Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Anna Nemtsova, Moscow Correspondent, The Daily Beast; and Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor, The National Interest to discuss this troubling trend.
New Atlanticist Apr 7, 2020
Addressing Hungary’s coronavirus emergency legislation
By Denise Forsthuber and Daniel Fried
Many in Europe and the United States who consider themselves friends of Hungary have struggled over what to do with what can be increasingly interpreted as an authoritarian drift in that country. Hungary was one of the early leaders of Central Europe’s democratic transformation after its overthrow of communist rule in 1989; this is the tradition we would prefer to be celebrating today. Instead, we struggle to find a way forward.
New Atlanticist Mar 19, 2020
Azerbaijan’s strongman senses opportunity in coronavirus pandemic
By Doug Klain
While many countries are scrambling to protect the public from COVID-19, authorities in Azerbaijan are using the virus as a pretext to continue their harassment of opposition groups.
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