Tag: democracy

What Happened to Competition in Russia?

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“Competitive authoritarian regimes [are] competitive, in that democratic institutions are not merely a façade: opposition parties use them to seriously contest for power; but they are authoritarian in that opposition forces are handicapped by a highly uneven – and sometimes…

The Prevalence of Narcopolitics in Honduras

U.S. Army Sgt. David Pressnell, 1-228th Aviation Regiment flight engineer directs Honduran soldiers loading gear and personnel into the back of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook Dec. 16, 2015, in the Gracias a Dios Department (state) of Honduras during a troop movement the U.S. provides support to. The two day troop movement is a part of a larger operation called CARAVANA, which the U.S. has supported since October 2014, to assist the Honduran government in disrupting the flow of illicit trafficking through the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Christopher Mesnard/Released)

Honduras is widely known as one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world, due in large part to the widespread drug trade that has spread throughout the country. Much of the violence that the country sees on…

A Democratic Deficit: Hong Kong’s Resurfacing Umbrella Movement

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Hong Kong’s highly anticipated election on March 26 arises from a prolonged, uneasy discourse on the legitimacy and controversy surrounding the “one country, two systems” structure. Granted back to China in 1997, Hong Kong is able to exercise a level of autonomy…

Somalia Elects “Cheese” to the Presidency

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Somalia has been stuck in a consistent cycle of chaos and disorder for nearly three decades, but on Wednesday, February 8th, a glimmer of hope for a more stable and less bloody future emerged when small group of politicians elected…

A Democracy in Dissolution

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It is interesting to note that in Turkish there are two words for peace. The first, barış, denotes reconciliation and togetherness. The second, huzur, has connotations of tranquility and stability, but not harmony or justice. This latter is the word…

Keeping Up with the Parks: All You Need to Know About Korea’s New Reality Show

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A whole new bewitching Korean soap opera has completely redefined horizons for many K-drama fans worldwide. With unthinkable plot twists and a cast like never seen before, this scandalous reality series is fast-paced, provocative, and painfully nonfictional. Just in case…

Trump v. United States (2017): An Assault on Democracy

Trump in Arizona http://tinyurl.com/jqfoq67

Last February, I authored a piece describing how anti-establishment rhetoric in the 2016 election primaries would not drastically alter American political parties in the long term. Due to extreme political polarization across the American political landscape and the lack of realignment…