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SELLING DEMOCRACY

By Ian Bremmer

Nearly three decades after the Cold War’s end, it’s no longer clear that American-style liberal democracy has carried the day. Xi Jinping has consolidated power in China on a scale not seen since Mao. Vladimir Putin has served longer than any other Russian leader since Stalin. Even many democracies are being undermined by populism.

Democracy remains the form of government most likely to create lasting security and prosperity. A few

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