Kleptocracy’s ‘stark implications’ for democracy

     

The two main candidates vying to lead Africa’s most populous nation after elections this weekend offer very different choices for reforming this vital industry, between public or private sector-led development…. Read more »

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Towards a ‘Fourth Wave’? Prioritize democracy support to reverse global retreat

     

Democracy is in retreat, facing an “ominous decline” across the world, according to the latest “Freedom in the World” report from Freedom House. It is a global retreat and it is… Read more »

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China challenge a ‘moral and intellectual clash of value systems’

     

A new Chinese Communist Party app is helping users catch up with the ruling party’s latest propaganda and ideology with the ease of a swipe on their smartphones, CNN reports:… Read more »

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Weaponizing law is ‘draining democracy dry’ – Philippines journalist Maria Ressa

     

Award-winning Philippines journalist Maria Ressa told CNN that her arrest on “cyber libel” charges is an example of how the law is being “weaponized” against critics of the country’s President… Read more »

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Ukraine’s democratization a strategic priority to counter Russian influence

     

Supporting Ukraine’s democratization is a strategic priority in efforts to counter Russian influence, observers suggest. Ukraine has contended with enormous challenges since the Maidan, and has made real progress. Ukrainians… Read more »

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Reversing Cambodia’s democratic drift

     

Cambodia is drifting towards autocracy with a clear trend. An unprecedented crackdown on independent media, civil society and the country’s major opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), hardly suggest otherwise. Whether Hun… Read more »

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Upgrading support for Armenia’s post-revolution reforms

     

Armenia’s “velvet revolution” is one of the “positive breakthroughs” of the last year to confirm w that “democracy has enduring appeal as a means of holding leaders accountable and creating… Read more »

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Nigeria’s election: ‘competition in a time of transition & terror’

     

Nigerians will go to the polls to cast votes in national elections on Saturday, February 16. The country has a long history of vote rigging and it has evolved over time. In earlier… Read more »

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Putin’s doubling down on foreign adventures could send Russia into bankruptcy….

     

… according to William Courtney, an adjunct senior fellow at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rand Corp. and former U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan and Georgia, and Howard J. Shatz, a senior economist at… Read more »

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‘Course Correction’: liberal democratic values give an edge over China

     

A global ideological competition is brewing between liberal democracy and authoritarianism, with China as the wealthiest and most powerful potential leader on the authoritarian side, according to a new analysis…. Read more »

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