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Democracy and Coronavirus

Coronavirus Isn't Just a Threat to Public Health – It's a Major Danger to Democracy

Besides its obviously destructive impacts on public health and on the global economy, COVID-19 has sparked a serious decline in democratic rights and freedoms in many countries. This series explores the immediate impact of COVID-19 on several of the world's biggest democracies – Brazil, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and the United States. 

This series is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

The Future of American Democracy Depends on Improving U.S. Health

The U.S. is in the grip of two pathologies, one afflicting human health and the other the health of the political system

The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Democracy

It will take years until political analysts can definitively assess the pandemic's impact on U.S. democracy


How COVID-19 Proved a Boon for Dutertismo –With Long-Term Damage to Philippine Democracy

The pandemic could push the Philippines' fragile democracy over the edge into enduring illiberalism


A Moment of Truth for Bolsonaro

It's unclear whether the pandemic will have any significant effect on Brazilian politics over the long term


COVID-19 and Democracy in Indonesia: Short-Term Stability and Long-Term Threats

The lasting implications of the pandemic could undermine the quality of Indonesian democracy


India: Moving Forward After "Humanitarian Calamity"

The pandemic, Modi, and what's next for the world's largest democracy


The End of New Zealand's Zero-COVID Policy

Many worry it will magnify existing inequalities


A Look at Women's Protests

A snapshot of women-led protests around the world