A former showman, Volodymyr Zelensky took the theater out of Ukrainian electoral politics by using genuine communication, not pressure, to garner votes. Comedy as a tool of democratic resilience and contestation has remained central to his leadership. In his previous career, Zelensky promoted an expansive vision of Ukrainian political nationhood that elevated local identities. As president, he continued decentralizing reforms. These reforms may hold the key to protecting democracy in postwar Ukraine, where risks may include the reappearance of the partially staged democratic elections that were a key element of politics in independent Ukraine prior to Zelensky.
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How Zelensky Has Changed Ukraine
The War in Ukraine: Why Putin Must Be Defeated
The War in Ukraine: Putin’s Inevitable Invasion
The War in Ukraine: Do Russians Support Putin?
The War in Ukraine: How Putin’s War in Ukraine Has Ruined Russia
How Viktor Orbán Wins
Kim Lane Scheppele
The Return of the Marcos Dynasty
Richard Javad Heydarian
How Resilient Is the CCP?
Yuen Yuen Ang
Sri Lanka’s Agony
Bread and Autocracy in Putin’s Russia
Janetta Azarieva, Yitzhak M. Brudny, Eugene Finkel
Digital Propaganda: The Power of Influencers
Samuel C. Woolley
Combating Beijing’s Sharp Power: How Australia’s Civil Society Led the Way
Combating Beijing’s Sharp Power: Taiwan’s Democracy Under Fire
Ketty W. Chen
Combating Beijing’s Sharp Power: Transparency Wins in Europe