The tendency of ANC cadres and government bureaucrats to traipse off to Beijing or Moscow, in the context of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory at the Turkish polls and the Russian/Ukraine war playing itself out, inevitably leads to many of us asking: where is the world going?

Through the lens of the US and the UK we are on the brink of a new world of rising autocracies. Larry Diamond of Stanford University speaks of a “democratic recession” where today “only about 28% of people in the world are living in democracies”, compared to the 60% reached in the early 1990s. ..

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