Indonesianists have used “illiberal turn” to label various problems in Indonesian democracy.
Haphazardly using unspecified terms like "illiberal turn" does little to help us properly diagnose Indonesia's democratic challenges.
While the rest of the world reeled in shock, the Russian leader was very quick to congratulate the new president-elect.
Others might be more inspired by American democracy if the US were widely seen to be a just and tolerant society and its leading politicians were not loudmouthed xenophobes.
The value of democracy needs to be restated and defended, rather than presumed. In doing so, there is value in adopting a more tempered stance, one that understands its worth but also its flaws.
Hungary isn’t in a welcoming mood.
Economic slowdown and a refugee influx have rattled Europe deeply, and some countries seem to have had enough.
At one climate change conference after another, leaders of the developed democracies solemnly pledge action, then return to the gridlock of political systems with 19th-century origins.
Even as the challenges of climate change grow ever more obvious, what remains largely unacknowledged is the crisis in liberal democratic politics that is preventing an effective response.