Diamond on deepening democratic recession

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Protesters carry a large banner reading: ''Democracy'' as they participate in an anti-government protests organized by Bahrain's leading opposition Al Wefaq. Sept. 14, 2012.
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Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

CDDRL Director Larry Diamond addresses concerns of an intensifying democratic recession in a piece in The Atlantic. Despite recent turmoil in Ukraine and democratic breakdowns in Thailand and Turkey, among others, Diamond emphasizes the critical role economic development, globalization and the growth of civil society will play in the long-run inducement of democratic change worldwide.