Over the last decade, the rising utilization of ‘sharp power’ has served as a vehicle for the unprecedented growth of Chinese influence within Sub-Saharan Africa.
By Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Ph.D., Associate Director As we bid farewell (and good riddance) to 2020, we here […]
Bowen Qi examines global political economy from the lens of China’s domestic, regional, and international ties in the dawn of the COVID-19 era.
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (via Kremlin)
By Avram Reisman
At a time when democracy is in recession and facing new challenges, it is worth looking back on essential literature written when democratic change was similarly challenged by authoritarian powers. Transitions from Authoritarian Rule, by Guillermo O’Donnell and Phillippe Schmitter, was a paradigmatic publication that set parameters and expectations for democratic transitions in U.S. policy and for democratic opposition groups in many parts of the world. Looking with a contemporary critical lens, it’s clear the sands of time have eroded the model’s validity. However, with some adaptation, the model provides some direction for new international landscape.