Category: Analysis

What’s gone wrong with liberal democracy – Fukuyama

     

What has gone wrong in liberal democracies around the world since the 1990s when they seemed so triumphant? NPR asks Francis Fukuyama (above), Mosbacher director of Stanford’s Center on Democracy,… Read more »

Georgians support EU accession; distrust Russia but favor dialogue

     

Georgian support for accession to the European Union (EU) is at a four-year high, according to a nationwide poll released today by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI*) Center for Insights… Read more »

Populism’s false promise could ‘reinvigorate liberal democracy’

     

The resurgence of populism has disrupted the post-Cold War political order and raised the prospect of instability in Europe and Eurasia, according to Nations in Transit 2017, the 22nd edition… Read more »

Egypt’s is the ‘worst counterterrorism strategy ever invented’

     

Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi will be celebrated in Washington on Monday as a major ally in the fight against terrorism and radical Islamic extremism, as well as a supporter… Read more »

Maduro coup moves Venezuela towards ‘full-blown dictatorship’

     

Venezuela’s supreme court, which is controlled by President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government, has ruled it is taking over the opposition-dominated National Assembly, sparking fears that the crisis-riven country has moved… Read more »

Will Iran’s next election ‘reconfigure political landscape’?

     

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran’s hardliners may want to sideline President Hassan Rouhani as May’s elections approach, but getting there is risky, according to a prominent analyst. Traditionally,… Read more »

West ‘ignoring Putin’s actions’ – must engage Russia’s democracy movements

     

The U.S. should remain engaged with Russia’s pro-democracy movement, says a leading opposition activist. It is important to maintain pressure on the Russian authorities and President Vladimir Putin and take… Read more »

Belarus on the boil: What happens next?

     

Belarus authorities have arrested dozens in the wake of demonstrations protesting a law against “social parasites,” RFE/RL reports. The 2015 law took effect earlier this year, sparking protests that have broadened into… Read more »

Egypt’s swing between extremism and autocracy

     

The view that Egypt’s President and former army chief Abdel Fattah al Sisi is in control is not borne out by the pile-up of policy debris, says analyst David Gardner…. Read more »