Category: Civil Society

Latin America’s democratic moment?

     

When street protests forced Guatemala’s president to step down last fall amid a corruption scandal (left), it seemed a rare break in a long and lucrative tradition of impunity in… Read more »

China prompts criticism with new curbs on foreign NGOs

     

China took a major step on Thursday in President Xi Jinping’s movement away from Western influences and toward stronger social control, as it passed a new law aimed at limiting the work… Read more »

How to combat anti-NGO crackdowns

     

Authoritarian regimes have cracked down on civil society groups receiving international assistance because foreign-funded NGOs are threatening for all manner of reasons, analysts Kendra Dupuy, James Ron and Aseem Prakash write for… Read more »

‘Darkness Before Dawn’ – China’s rights activists

     

  A prominent Uighur scholar who is serving a life sentence for separatism in a Chinese prison was named on Wednesday as a finalist for a prestigious human rights award… Read more »

Strengthening the Liberal World Order

     

The liberal world order that was created in the aftermath of World War II has produced immense benefits for peoples across the planet, says a new analysis from the World… Read more »

Serbia’s elections: what about democratic values?

     

The victory of Prime Minster Aleksandar Vucic’s Progressive Party in Serbia’s election enables the government to continue with its proposed reform and fiscal consolidation agenda, Fitch Ratings says. But the… Read more »

Mapping Pakistan’s Internal Dynamics

     

Pakistan poses one of the world’s most significant and vexing geopolitical challenges, as its geographic position at the nexus of the Middle East and Asia, nuclear stockpile, and domestic extremist… Read more »

Non-state actors aggravate government crackdowns on civil society

     

Armed non-state actors, criminal elements and violent extremists—not just governments—are responsible for the increasing crackdown on civil society, notes Shannon N. Green, director and senior fellow of the Human Rights… Read more »

New China law a recognition of NGO power?

     

China is moving closer this week to a new law that would strictly control thousands of foreign nongovernmental organizations in the country, The New York Times reports: Foreign governments and… Read more »

Putin experiencing ‘the impotence of omnipotence’

     

Many of the apparent contradictions in Russia today can be explained by the fact that Vladimir Putin and his regime have entered what political scientist Guilliermo O’Donnell called “the impotence of… Read more »