Category: Civil Society

The long freedom slump paused?

     

The good news is that democracy is not declining, at least in the aggregate. The bad news is that developing countries have taken a turn for the worse, notes Larry… Read more »

Towards a ‘Fourth Wave’? Prioritize democracy support to reverse global retreat

     

Democracy is in retreat, facing an “ominous decline” across the world, according to the latest “Freedom in the World” report from Freedom House. It is a global retreat and it is… Read more »

China challenge a ‘moral and intellectual clash of value systems’

     

A new Chinese Communist Party app is helping users catch up with the ruling party’s latest propaganda and ideology with the ease of a swipe on their smartphones, CNN reports:… Read more »

Weaponizing law is ‘draining democracy dry’ – Philippines journalist Maria Ressa

     

Award-winning Philippines journalist Maria Ressa told CNN that her arrest on “cyber libel” charges is an example of how the law is being “weaponized” against critics of the country’s President… Read more »

Ukraine’s democratization a strategic priority to counter Russian influence

     

Supporting Ukraine’s democratization is a strategic priority in efforts to counter Russian influence, observers suggest. Ukraine has contended with enormous challenges since the Maidan, and has made real progress. Ukrainians… Read more »

Upgrading support for Armenia’s post-revolution reforms

     

Armenia’s “velvet revolution” is one of the “positive breakthroughs” of the last year to confirm w that “democracy has enduring appeal as a means of holding leaders accountable and creating… Read more »

Nigeria’s election: ‘competition in a time of transition & terror’

     

Nigerians will go to the polls to cast votes in national elections on Saturday, February 16. The country has a long history of vote rigging and it has evolved over time. In earlier… Read more »

‘Course Correction’: liberal democratic values give an edge over China

     

A global ideological competition is brewing between liberal democracy and authoritarianism, with China as the wealthiest and most powerful potential leader on the authoritarian side, according to a new analysis…. Read more »

How democracy support dynamics are shifting

     

Western and non-Western external democracy support is more similar than many think. Coordination is becoming more vital as the global order evolves and as democracy faces headwinds worldwide, according to… Read more »

Beyond Algeria’s presidential election: can civil society effect reform?

     

Algeria is nearing a critical juncture that requires decisions, notes Haim Malka (below), a senior fellow and deputy director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and… Read more »