Future of Authoritarianism

The world is in the throes of a nearly decade-long global democratic recession. Democratic breakdowns in strategically important countries like Russia, Pakistan, Egypt, and Venezuela are cause for serious concern, as are reversals in Turkey and Hungary. Using a combination of repression and noncoercive tools, governments are shutting down space for civil society around the world. The volume, Is Authoritarianism Staging A Comeback?, completes the first phase of the Future of Authoritarianism project in which the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative–with the generous help of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict–aims to assess why and how authoritarian regimes have become smarter.

The volume offers answers to why authoritarianism is gaining on democracy—and what the international community can do about it.