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I’ve spent the last six years arguing, in essence, that we should be looking at contemporary politics through the lens of the interwar period. As Alexander Cooley and I argued in a recent issue of Foreign Affairs: Grappling with domestic illiberal threats remains a thorny exercise. Of course, the defense of liberal democracy has produced […]
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Illiberal “Soft Power”

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On October 22, 2021
It wasn’t that long ago – maybe five or six years – that I last heard someone claim that Russia would never posses real soft power. After all, who could look at Russia’s everyday corruption, its kleptocratic government, its extremely unequal distribution of wealth, and its “resource curse” economy and conclude “I want some of […]
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