The rise of illiberal democracy is one of the big challenges facing us. here’s how to tackle it
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Yoav Fromer argues that the Middle East does not have too little democracy, but too much. His argument is that illiberal democrats like Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Benjamin Netanyahu are the consequence of unbridled democracy.
With regard to this particular region, the Middle East, this has become a popular position among both (western) conservatives and liberals. The former are disappointed by the failures of neoconservative invasions – which not just failed to bring a domino effect in the region but didn’t even democratize the invaded countries (eg Iraq and Libya). The latter, meanwhile, have lost hope after the Arab spring, which turned out to be more winter than spring, with the possible exception of Tunisia.