W583 – Deterioration of Democracy in Our Time
This series will focus on the decline of democracy globally and the implications for the United States and the world. Countries such as Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Venezuela, Bolivia are adopting a model known as “illiberal democracy,” where democratic and legal institutions are used to establish authoritarian or semi-authoritarian states. The course will explore how this process is taking place in those countries. Furthermore, it will also explain how the deterioration of democracy makes the world more unstable, increasing the risk of regional and world instability. U.S. Foreign Policy’s role in promoting democracy over the last two decades and Russia and China’s role in encouraging world authoritarian tendencies will be examined. This series will also try to provide some insights on future developments.