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  1. Rise of Authoritarianism May Overshadow Major Elections In 2014

    This will be an election-packed year with 40 percent of the world’s population going to the polls to vote, including in Brazil, the U.S., and India. But as 2013 revealed in many countries like Egypt, Russia, and Syria, authoritarianism is on the rise globally. Undemocratic governments have evolved from strong-arm tactics, preferring now to co-opt pluralistic institutions like the press and opposition activists in order to maintain power. The world’s growing middle class, increasingly choosing stability over democracy, may be in part to blame for this anti-democratic mood. The important thing to watch for is whether elected leaders ousted from power remain committed to democratic processes or themselves turn to violence.

    Sources: The Atlantic, NPR

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