From Exporting Democracy to Importing Illiberalism

In 2018, democracy saw a steep decline while populism and authoritarianism took center stage. Democratic values will continue to face challenges in 2019 as American democracy suffers, illiberalism is on the rise and censorship continues to increase.

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Around the globe, democracy is under siege. Global press freedom has declined to its lowest point, technology continues to diminish people’s trust in institutions, while political rights and civil liberties continue to take a hit globally. Authoritarian governments are getting better at surveillance and censorship, whereas democracies are being eroded by right-wing demagogues. In 2018, countries that suffered democratic setbacks outnumbered those that made gains towards democracy.

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