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Uzbek president Islam Karimov died last year after ruling the country with an iron fist for 27 years. The brief looks at what has changed in the past year and whether we can hope for a thaw in Uzbekistan.
In the midst of a global backlash against democratic values, we as a global civil society need to play a stronger role in countering the narrative that democracy has failed by demonstrating its many benefits.
Poland has become a crucial battleground in the drive by authoritarian-minded leaders to gain control over political discourse and limit media pluralism.
Modern authoritarianism has succeeded, where previous totalitarian systems failed, due to new strategies of repression, the exploitation of open societies, and the spread of illiberal policies in democratic countries themselves.
Officials presented Kyrgyzstan's December 2016 constitutional referendum as necessary to shift the country into a parliamentary system, however, they did not reduce the powers of the presidency and instead weakened the judicial branch.
Government controls over religion are expanding and becoming more restrictive, seeping into new areas of daily life and triggering growing resistance from believers.