The rise of populism has been spectacular in the last 10 years, but it is an exaggeration to say that democracies have collapsed into authoritarianism.


Prof Daniel Smilov, political scientist and constitutional expert


The government has moved from focusing on individual users to targeting news and social media platforms like WeChat and Weibo. 


Jufang Wang, former Vice Director of News, CRI Online (China's international broadcaster)


How does civil society contain, confine, and control the state, especially if state agencies are in alliance with the private sector? 


Prof Denis Galligan, Professor Emeritus of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford


This is not an elegy for a liberal international order under threat, but a call for rethinking it, in light of its long and troubled history.


Professor Sir Adam Roberts, former British Academy President 

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