Undermining Democracy

China, Iran, Russia and Venezuela have been doling out largesse. Should Western democracies be worried?

On the 20th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown and on a day when U.S. President Barack Obama said he seeks a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world, a group of distinguished experts debated the findings of a new report on authoritarianism on Capitol Hill.
A new report finds that five influential authoritarian states - China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and Pakistan - are actively undermining democracy within their borders and abroad.

For the past decade, analysts have debated whether the administration of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is democratic. This debate now seems settled.

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