Category: Central/Eastern Europe

‘Silver bullet’ needed to bring autocrats to heel

     

New legislation allows Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban to further consolidate power while eroding civil liberties and making it harder to scrutinize how the government spends public funds, the Times… Read more »

A Power for Good: How international solidarity can tackle human rights abuses

     

How effective are international diplomacy and civic advocacy in countering human rights abuses? Iran and Cuba offer two prime opportunities where the Biden administration can prioritize human freedom by making… Read more »

Coronavirus a ‘catalyst for global civil society’?

     

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact not only on government policies but also on societies, says a leading analyst. The crisis has played out at the public authority… Read more »

Back to basics: Getting serious about advancing democracy

     

European leaders like to claim they care about democracy. But too often, their policies ignore it — damaging Europe’s own interests in the process, argue AEI analysts Dalibor Rohac and Ivana Stradner…. Read more »

How pro-active democracies can withstand disinformation

     

In the 20th century democracies were defined by freedom of expression, pluralism and the metaphor of a ‘marketplace of ideas’, and authoritarian regimes by censorship and state media control, the… Read more »

Democracy v liberalism? Time to struggle for liberal ideas & institutions

     

The relationship between liberalism and democracy, generally compatible but occasionally tense, is becoming more fraught at both domestic and international levels, observers suggest. The dispute over the rule of law… Read more »