June 14, 2024

Around the world, democracy is under attack. The election of populist leaders that reject pluralism continues to be a dominant theme of the 21st-century world order. As more countries slowly pull away from liberal democracy, the international world is faced with new threats that directly challenge existing governments and respective policies. However, as authoritarianism rises, so does conflict. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and China’s increased aggressive incursions on Taiwan’s sovereignty have raised the stakes for a future world war. Moreover, as new alliances are formed, the West finds itself unable to hold certain states accountable for offenses concerning human rights and climate change. This semester’s journal will address some of the causes and effects of democracy’s decline.


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