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Authoritarian leaders around the world are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to concentrate powers, restrict civil liberties, weaken opposition rights, and undermine democratic checks and balances. Regional experts from the Einaudi Center discussed government responses to the pandemic and their implications for democratic rule, including new developments in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Highlights of Democratic Challenges in the Time of COVID-19: Global Perspectives, a webinar hosted on May 22, 2020, by Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, part of Global Cornell.