International Security & Foreign Policy

Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave: Democracy vs. Autocracy in an Era of Great Power Competition

Grant Year: 2022

Hardy Merriman, Patrick Quirk, Daniel Fried, and Ash Jain will explore how the United States can advance the ideological competition against its authoritarian rivals by supporting nonviolent civil resistance movements and coordinating pressure on repressive regimes. They will undertake research and convene a pair of policy workshops through which they will investigate the best approaches for supporting civil resistance movements, how to advance the normative right to assist such movements, and new options for imposing costs on repressive regimes. The project’s findings will be published in a playbook for policymakers.

Atlantic Council International Security & Foreign Policy