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In September 2018, Marlies Glasius and Marcus Michaelsen, University of Amsterdam, published a conceptual article on the threats that citizens may face in a digital era. The Political Science Department at University of Amsterdam also posted a video with illustrations that tackles topics of authoritarianism in a global age.


The new book "Authoritarian Diffusion and Cooperation: Interests vs. Ideology", edited by André Bank and Kurt Weyland, was newly released by Routledge.


Various scholars from the IDCAR-network contributed to the Taiwan Journal of Democracy (TJD)'s special issue that addresses the international dimensions of the rise of populism, illiberalism in the democratic world and a new type of authoritarian regime.

Panel discussion

On 18 May the GIGA hosted a public round table entitled “Future Challenges to Authoritarianism Research.” The panellists included Heike Holbig, senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies and professor at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main; Ilyas Saliba, human rights defender and advocacy officer at the Middle East desk of Amnesty International in Germany; and Adele del Sordi, postdoctoral research fellow at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at LMU Munich. The round table was moderated by André Bank, senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and speaker of the IDCAR network.

Listen to the full discussion here

Network Conferences

On 16–18 May 2018, the concluding IDCAR Network Conference (IDCAR-5) was held at the GIGA in Hamburg. With 24 scholars from eleven academic institutions in attendance, the conference provided a forum to reflect on the network’s four years of work as well as to look ahead and identify future avenues in the field of authoritarian research.

Marcus Michaelsen / Marlies Glasius

Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age| Illiberal and Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Sphere — Prologue

International Journal of Communication, 12, 2018, 3795–3813

André Bank / Kurt Weyland

Authoritarian Diffusion and Cooperation: Interests vs. Ideology

Abingdon: Routledge, 2018/2019