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Behold The Age Of Anocracy, When Democracies Slide Into Despotism

Western states are taking democratic governance for granted and responding feebly to threats in their midst. With the crisis at the Ukraine-Russia border coming to a head, the 1930s offer lessons on the dangers of complacency in the face of a kind of semi-democracy.

Behold The Age Of Anocracy, When Democracies Slide Into Despotism

At the Zhuravlivka checkpoint on the Ukraine-Russia border

Marcelo Cantelmi

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BUENOS AIRES — The standoff between Russia and Ukraine relates to a bigger conflict, provoked by the rising influence of authoritarian regimes that vigorously challenge the West's liberal order.

To clarify the word liberal here to prevent any abuse of the word, liberal refers to the "republic" or commonwealth, personal freedoms, a free press, democracy, separation of powers and defense of human rights. The crisis in Eastern Europe has once more given Russia a centrality it has not enjoyed to this degree since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s. This has been compounded by the ambiguous positions of many states, including not a few in Latin America, toward Moscow in its hostility with the United States and the scope and risks of Russia's security demands.

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