PRT Weekly 3.01: The Rise of Authoritarianism in the World

Policy Roundtable Podcasts have finally returned!

To kick off this season, we are introducing a special episode on the rise of authoritarianism globally. We hope you enjoy them as much as our previous series.

Today, Guilherme Rosales and Chris Stoicheff have an informed conversation about the current rise of authoritarianism seen throughout the world and the challenge posed to democracies globally. Edward Luce’s The Retreat of Western Liberalism was a primary catalyst for this discussion along with these two students perspectives on what is happening to Democracy near and at home, and around the world.


Guilherme Rosales is a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student at the University of British Columbia. He has been a wildland firefighter with the BC Wildfire Service for the past five years, a community organizer coordinating neighbourhood block parties from 2011 to 2015 in the Oakridge neighbourhood area of Vancouver, as well as a labour activist and advocate with CUPE 15 and the BCGEU.

Chris Stoicheff is a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student at the University of British Columbia. He previously completed his BA and MA at the University of Saskatchewan, where he wrote his MA thesis on foreign takeovers in Canada's non-renewable resource sector. Chris is interested in numerous foreign policy issues, including East Asian policy, human rights, foreign investment, and regional conflict dispute resolution.