A look at the world map is alarming: the democratization movement that transformed the world after the end of the Cold War is reversing. For the first time since 2004, there are more autocratic states than democratic ones.
While the number of democracies has now fallen to 67, the number of autocracies has risen to 70 out of a total of 137 states surveyed. What began as a creeping political erosion is now clearly manifesting itself as a geopolitical turning point. The influence of autocratic systems and dirigiste politics is increasing significantly, as most recently demonstrated very clearly by the examples of Russia and China. This is generating fierce great power conflicts that are not only endangering the global economy, but at the same time are profoundly and permanently changing the global political map.