Russia's unchallenged dismantling of Ukraine and China's increasingly global economic and military footprint reflect how both nations have gained from centralized political leadership.
While Western democracies shaped much of the post-World War II era, rising competition from these autocratic governments suggests the dawn of an era in which the appeal of democratic institutions is greatly diminished.
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