Author Archives: DemDigest

Welcome to demokrasi: Turkey’s ‘new form’ of illiberal democracy


After a decade in power, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presides over a new form of democracy that the west neither likes nor understands: an authoritarian regime that exalts the… Read more »

Maidan ‘democratized Ukrainian culture’, bred resilient civil society


UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani will visit Ukraine in the period from September 1 until September 9 for meetings with government representatives,… Read more »

Opaque Uzbekistan confronts transition anxieties


Whether Islam Karimov, who has ruled Uzbekistan with astounding brutality for the past 27 years, is dead or alive, his era is almost certainly drawing to a close. Two questions… Read more »

#ConCaracas: Venezuela approaching tipping point?


  A major opposition protest planned for September 1 could determine the political future of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro. Opposition leaders say they will take to the streets of the capital Caracas to insist… Read more »

Tunisian party ‘separating Islam from politics’


The Ennahda movement has renounced political Islam and fully embraced Tunisia’s secular order, seeking to work within it, Taylor Luck reports for The Christian Science Monitor: Ennahda’s journey from a… Read more »

Creativity needed in defending, funding civil society


In the wake of the widespread authoritarian crackdown, we are witnessing a confluence of factors affecting the sustainability of different aspects of civil society (its organizations, actors and actions) in… Read more »

Keeping transitions peaceful


  According to the 2016 Fragile States Index, six of the eight most fragile states—countries that have weak, ineffective, or illegitimate governments and conditions that exacerbate corruption, poverty and violence–are… Read more »

Palestine: crackdown on journalists, civil society activists


The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza are arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful criticism of the authorities, Human Rights Watch said today:… Read more »