Category: Democracy Assistance and Promotion

How nationalism’s ‘social solidarity’ bolsters democracy

     

By the end of World War Two, nationalism had been thoroughly discredited. Critics charged that national self-interest had prevented democratic governments from cooperating to end the Great Depression, and that… Read more »

How to recharge international democracy assistance

     

Of the many foreign policy tools, supporting democracy abroad is one of the least costly and most effective contributions a country can make to resist bad actors, uphold global values,… Read more »

Moscow in Movement: Record protests present new challenge to Putin’s dominance

     

An estimated fifty thousand people in Moscow (Moscow Times/CFR) protested the barring of independent candidates from the ballot in an upcoming local election in what was one of the country’s… Read more »

Do protest movements generate democracy? Liberalism of the streets

     

Events in both Moscow and Hong Kong show how single-grievance protests can evolve into wider movements, argues FT analyst Gideon Rachman:  Between them, Russia and China represent the major geopolitical… Read more »

The biggest impediment to democratic governance is……?

     

Erosion in public confidence in the media could embolden African leaders with autocratic tendencies, says Jeff Conroy-Krutz, Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. It could also provoke violence… Read more »

China’s ‘thuggish regime’ pushes conspiracy theories on Hong Kong protests

     

Pro-democracy unrest sweeping Hong Kong is threatening to tip the trading hub into recession for the first time since the global financial crisis a decade ago, as uncertainty grips an… Read more »

Does ‘America First’ need democracy abroad?

     

Although President George W. Bush insisted that his administration’s grand strategy—supporting the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the “ultimate goal of ending tyranny… Read more »

Will Ethiopia’s liberalization lead to democratization?

     

Rising ethnic tensions threaten to undermine the prospects of democratization in Ethiopia, say Freedom House analysts Jon Temin and Yoseph Badwaza.  Managing expectations, maintaining stability, and initiating a pluralist order… Read more »

Revisionists pose ‘civilizational challenge’ to Western liberal democratic order

     

  The resurgence of threats to liberal democracy — external and internal — does not refute the principal thesis of Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History?” says a prominent analyst…. Read more »