Author Archives: DemDigest

Does Democracy Matter?

     

  Negative experiences from state-building projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mixed record of democratic change in the former Soviet Union and the aftermath of Arab Spring have led many… Read more »

West’s democracies have ‘moral duty’ to aid Ukraine

     

Russia praised a Ukrainian law granting self-governance powers to separatist-held areas of Ukraine, a measure that faces a challenge from some politicians in Kiev who call it a giveaway to… Read more »

Time for realism on building new democracies?

     

What has gone wrong with the dream of democracy’s transformational potential? What stands out is a generalized disillusionment with the ability of democracy to provide public goods, the key functions… Read more »

Tying up the internet, Balkanizing the digital world

     

Concerns are rising that efforts to protect citizens from foreign surveillance will Balkanize the digital world. Blocking websites, bottling up information so it cannot flow freely around the world and… Read more »

Democracy ‘losing the global battle of ideas’?

     

The tide of global democratic change, which at the start of the new millennium looked like an unstoppable force of nature, has been turned back over the last decade. How… Read more »