Category: Civil Society

Recognizing and countering authoritarian resurgence

     

A new book is warning of an authoritarian surge around the world led by China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela, who are using sophisticated methods to silence dissent and… Read more »

Russia must abandon ‘false democracy’ – Putin ally

     

  Russia must “stop playing false democracy” in order to combat a “hybrid war” waged against it by the U.S., the chief of the country’s powerful Investigative Committee said. Russian… Read more »

Isolation and propaganda: roots and instruments of Russia’s soft power

     

Russia’s fairly successful propaganda in the West shows that political pluralism and open societies have some significant vulnerabilities compared to authoritarian states, with regard to speed of decision-making and action,… Read more »

Cuba minister calls Obama trip ‘an attack’ as Communists defend ideology

     

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Communist-led Cuba was an “attack” on its history and culture aimed at misleading a new business class, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Monday,… Read more »

Corruption crisis highlights fragility or robustness of Brazil’s democracy?

     

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s government vowed on Monday to fight impeachment after the lower house of Congress delivered a humiliating defeat that paved the way for her likely removal from… Read more »

Russia should learn from China’s internet censorship, says official

     

  The head of Russia’s Central Investigative Committee has urged the country’s officials to step up control of the internet, using China’s experience as a model to counter pressure from… Read more »

Ukrainians want reform, oligarchs block it

     

Ukrainians are growing increasingly frustrated with their government and the slow pace of reforms, especially when it comes to tackling corruption, according to a new nationwide poll released today by the International… Read more »

Soft Power the Russian Way: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighbourhood

     

  Anxious about losing ground to Western influence in the post-Soviet space and the ousting of many pro-Russia elites by popular electoral uprisings, the Kremlin has developed a wide range… Read more »

USB-armed North Korean defectors subvert info firewall

     

  More than 260 people have studied at a defector-led journalist academy since 2011, some going on to work for radio stations that broadcast into North Korea, or to write… Read more »