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20 November 2021

Bad Guys Winning or Good Guys Losing? | Bird's Eye

Bad Guys Winning or Good Guys Losing? | Bird's Eye
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, the best of frenemies. // The Kremlin

Join Harry and Philip as they wade into a current debate about the global competition between autocracy and democracy. Is this really happening? Is it a decisive feature of democratic decline? Or are our problems mostly domestic?

We will be looking at three articles on the subject from Anne Applebaum in Atlantic Magazine, Max Fisher in The New York Times, and Damon Linker in The Week, which have sparked lively argument over the subject.


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