Global Authoritarianism

A compilation of Manu’s commentary on authoritarian populism:


Minority Report: Illiberalism, Intolerance, and the Threat to International Society.”  Invited contribution.  In the 2018 Raisina Files, co-edited by Ritika Passi and Harsh Pant, as part of the Raisina Dialogue, India’s flagship global affairs event, co-sponsored by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) think tank and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

The Age of Authoritarianism and the End of the World as We Know It.” In Seminar 693, May 2017, on “Democratic Authoritarianism.”  Guest edited by Kanchan Chandra. (invited)

The Doctor and the Cure: The Crisis of Sovereignty in the Twenty-first Century.” Online symposium, “Does Brexit Herald a Reassertion of the European Nation-state?” On the Brexit: Global Perspectives Blog, affiliated with Cambridge University and hosted by the e-International Relations website, 24 February 2017. (invited)  Picked up on the ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies Blog.

Brexit Aftermath: The Nation State is Making a Global Comeback–And We Should All be Very Afraid.” Quartz. 30 June 2016. (invited)

We are Witnessing the Rise of Global Authoritarianism on a Chilling Scale.” Quartz. 21 March 2016.  Also published as “Not Just Trump: The Chilling Rise in Global Authoritarianism.” Defense One. 21 March 2016.  And listed on the evening edition of Real Clear Markets, 22 March 2016, and on Yahoo Finance.  Was the “No. 1 Most Read Article” on Defense One on 22 March 2016, and was the “Story of the Day” as well as a “Top Pick” and “Most Popular” story on Quartz on 21 March 2016. Engagement by the Latin American Post and TruthOut.  Filtered and partially translated into Czech. Cited in The World Post/The Huffington Post in an essay by Richard Javad Heydarian on autocratic nostalgia in the Philippines.  Excerpted on Daily Kos. Cited in Tanzania’s  The Citizen newspaper, in an op-ed by Justice Novati Rutenge.  Social media attention from the likes of Michiko Kakutani, Sarah Kendzior, and Jonathan Capehart.  Updated version translated into German by the Berliner Republik as the lead cover article to their May 2016 issue debating the rise of authoritarianism in Europe.


*Interviewed on the Thought Project podcast.  The CUNY Graduate Center, January 2018. Listen here.

Interview with Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Philadelphia NPR-affiliate WHYY Radio, on why authoritarianism?  May 2017. Listen here.

Quoted extensively by the Huffington Post on the return of strongmen, March 2017.

Interview with RepresentNYC, Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV, discussing US presidential power and its limits in the context of global authoritarianism. February 2017.  Watch here.

Interview with the Matt Townsend Show, BYU/Sirius XM Radio, discussing the challenges of global authoritarianism, and possible paths forward.  December 2016.  Listen here.

Interview with Lincoln Mitchell, former national political correspondent for The New York Observer, for his podcast Painting the Corners: Baseball and International Relations, discussing the US elections and authoritarianism in a global context, refracted through conversations on baseball, November 2016.

Takshashila podcast, Bengaluru, on the rise of global authoritarianism, Summer 2016, here.


Speaker, book launch of Basharat Peer’s A Question of Order, co-sponsored by the New America Foundation NYC and The India Center.  Other panelists included Sheri Berman and Elmira Bayrasli.  March 2017.

Invited speaker, Conference on “The Rise of International Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans.” Spoke about the rise of authoritarianism globally.  Harriman Institute, Columbia University, October 2016.