The murder of outspoken Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin last week. The ongoing struggle for freedom for Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. The growing hegemony of China in the South China Sea. The dismissal last year of thousands of Turkish police officers, prosecutors and judges to deflect attention from a massive government corruption scandal. The chaos in Crimea, Iraq and nearly all of Africa. Is this endless stream of depressing news proof that democracy has lost its momentum in the 21st century?
It once seemed as if an entirely democratic world was both inevitable and imminent. In …read more