Sharp Power As A Concept | Episode 2104

interview with Christopher Walker
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Recorded on January 21, 2021

Christopher Walker discusses Sharp Power as a Concept


Christopher Walker is vice president for studies and analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. In this capacity, he oversees the department responsible for NED’s multifaceted analytical work. Walker is an expert on authoritarian regimes and has been at the forefront of the discussion on authoritarian influence on open systems, including through what is often termed “sharp power.” His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and the Journal of Democracy. He is coeditor of the volume Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy and of the report Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence.

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