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How Personalist Politics is Changing Democracies
This rapid increase is alarming: Personalist rule brings with it a host of negative outcomes compared to other types of authoritarian systems....
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Carisa Nietsche, Erica Frantz & Joseph Wright
How the United States can protect democracy from China and Russia
Beijing and Moscow present distinct challenges and use different tactics to pursue their goals....
By David Shullman & Patrick Quirk
All Politics Is Personalized
Leaders are amassing more power relative to their political parties so politics more strongly reflects the leader’s preferences rather than being a bargaining process among mu...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz & Joseph Wright
Debating American Democracy Promotion, with Emma Ashford and Thomas Wright
Emma Ashford and Thomas Wright join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Carisa Nietsche to discuss the future of America's democracy promotion efforts abroad and what the U.S. governmen...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Carisa Nietsche, Emma Ashford & Thomas Wright
Youth Voices in Foreign Policy, with Indiana High School Students
On a special episode of Brussels Sprouts, four high school honors students from Indianapolis join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the future of U.S. national...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Jim Townsend
European Outlooks on the Transatlantic Relationship, with Jana Puglierin
Jana Puglierin joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss how Europeans are thinking about the United States and a future transatlantic relationship. Puglierin is...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Jana Puglierin
Prospects for Democracy in Belarus, with Judy Dempsey and Jonathan Katz
Judy Dempsey and Jonathan Katz join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the ongoing protests in Belarus and the country’s prospects for a democratic political tr...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Judy Dempsey & Jonathan Katz
Disinformation and Democracy, with Nina Jankowicz
Nina Jankowicz joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, and Carisa Nietsche to discuss the continuing use of information warfare by malign actors, particularly Russia and Ch...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Carisa Nietsche & Nina Jankowicz
At Debate, Pres. Trump Refuses To Commit To Accepting Election Results
Donald Trump's election fraud claims, repeated in the first presidential debate, have prompted alarm among former Justice Department attorneys. Watch Andrea Kendall-Taylor's f...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor
Kicking-off the Next Season of Brussels Sprouts with Amb. Nicholas Burns
In the first episode of the new season of Brussels Sprouts, Amb. Nicholas Burns joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss U.S.-Europe relations under the Trump a...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Amb. Nicholas Burns
The rise of digital technology initially ushered in a wave of optimism about the future of democracy. Today, however, a different reality has emerged as authoritarian regimes ...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor
Political Attacks on Eastern Europe Watchdogs Compound Threats to Democracy
Eroding the power of ombudspersons risks the loss not only of influential advocates for human rights and freedoms, but also of consistent watchdogs of public administration....
By Jeff Cirillo
Putin’s Rise to Power, with Catherine Belton
Catherine Belton joins Andrea-Kendall Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss her new book, Putin’s People, and what she has learned from her reporting into Vladimir Putin’s rise t...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Catherine Belton
Polish Democracy After Duda’s Re-election, with Melissa Hooper and Dalibor Rohac
Melissa Hooper and Dalibor Rohac join Andrea-Kendall Taylor and Carisa Nietsche to discuss the results of Poland’s presidential election and the prospects for democracy in Pol...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Carisa Nietsche, Melissa Hooper & Dalibor Rohac
Duda’s Unnecessary Gamble
Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit the White House on Wednesday, a mere four days before the first round of Poland’s presidential election. While the United States and P...
By Adam Twardowski & Carisa Nietsche
Live: The Effects of Coronavirus on Putin's Political Agenda with Amb. John Tefft
Ambassador John Tefft joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss Vladimir Putin’s pandemic response, opportunities for U.S. diplomacy, and more. Amb. Tefft served...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Amb. John Tefft
Live: What Trump 2.0 Would Mean for Transatlantic Relations With Kori Schake
Kori Schake joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the possibility of a second Trump term, transatlantic relations, and more. Schake is the Director of Foreig...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Dr. Kori Schake
The Coronavirus Is Exposing Populists’ Hollow Politics
At first, the spread of the coronavirus seemed like a boon for Europe’s populists. In Italy, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party, used COVID-19 to advance...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Carisa Nietsche
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Orban?
Since the advent of COVID-19, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has taken full advantage of the crisis to strengthen his hold on power in Hungary. In the past days, the Hu...
By Carisa Nietsche & Sam Denney
Live: Europe Responds to the COVID Crisis with Constanze Stelzenmüller and Nathalie Tocci
In this week's episode of Brussels Sprouts, Constanze Stelzenmüller and Nathalie Tocci join Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, and a live virtual audience to discuss lessons...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Constanze Stelzenmüller & Nathalie Tocci