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Three Things We Need to Renew Democracy in the World

Yesterday, Journal of Democracy founding coeditor Larry Diamond delivered the twentieth annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, named for one of the great scholars of the twentieth century. In his remarks, Diamond outlined the grave threats that global democracy faces—and the three things we need to survive this moment. His lecture is available to watch at this link and will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Journal.

Below we have included seven past Lipset Lectures that have appeared in our pages. To read the full collection written by luminaries across the field, visit the Journal of Democracy.

China: Totalitarianism’s Long Shadow
Xi Jinping’s neo-Stalinist strategy has unleashed new challenges and tensions for the Communist Party’s long-term prospects for survival.
By Minxin Pei

The Rise and Fall of Good-Governance Promotion
Anticorruption has become universally accepted as a norm; that may tell us something about why it struggles in practice.
By Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Confronting Authoritarianism
In May 2018, the people of Malaysia voted for democracy and reform against a long-ruling party riddled with corruption.
By Anwar Ibrahim

The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy
Populists who show little commitment to constitutionalism and individual liberty are experiencing a rise in popularity in the West.
By William A. Galston

Paradoxes of the New Authoritarianism
Why are the unfree regimes of the former Soviet world proving so durable? A lack of ideology and a degree of openness seem to be to blame.
By Ivan Krastev

Religion and Democracy
The secularization hypothesis has failed. We must find a new paradigm to understand the complexities of the relationship between religion and democracy.
By Jean Bethke Elshtain

Identity, Immigration, and Liberal Democracy
Contemporary liberal democracies, especially in Western Europe, face a major challenge in integrating Muslim immigrants as citizens of pluralistic societies.
By Francis Fukuyama

Also, read Larry Diamond’s last essay as coeditor of the Journal of Democracy:

Democracy’s Arc: From Resurgent to Imperilled
Whether democracy regains its footing will depend on how democratic leaders and citizens respond to emboldened authoritarians and the fissures within their own societies.
By Larry Diamond

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