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How the Democratic Tide Rolled Back

Cooley, Alexander A.

Twenty-five years ago the world entered a new era. The Soviet Union had just collapsed, the United States had assumed the leadership of a proclaimed new world order, and liberal democratic capitalism no longer had a viable global challenger. The expectations these changes heralded now appear unfulfilled. Illiberalism is surging around the world, and the post-Cold War era is rapidly giving way to a post-liberal order. Moreover, the very post-Communist states that seemingly were at the epicenter of a liberal transformation have pioneered the counter-norms and tactics that now spread to the West itself.

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Harriman Institute
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July 7, 2017


Part of the Special Series: America's Roll in the World
Keywords: post-communism, democracy, democratization, illiberalism, de-democratization, Color Revolutions

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