Category: Democracy Digest

Africa’s evolving regimes: Totalitarian or autocratic?

     

Perfidy – or, corruption and scandal – is one of the strongest predictors of dissatisfaction with democracy, note University of Cambridge researchers Roberto Foa and  Andrew James Klassen. Inevitably, more extreme… Read more »

Revive institutions to halt the ‘hollowing of Western democracy’

     

Reviving democracy requires a renewal of core institutions, argues William Galston, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Not only are institutions instruments for accomplishing essential goals,… Read more »

‘Dictators in Trouble’: Democracy not the only system under stress

     

Gloom about the state of democracy pervades Washington and other Western capitals. Yet all this attention on the decline of democracy has obscured a story that is just as important:… Read more »

Why Tunisia’s transition succeeded

     

Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed has appointed Elyes Fakhfakh to be prime minister on January 20. Fakhfakh, who served as tourism minister following the revolution, and then as finance minister in… Read more »

Gray Zone Aggression: Combating Russia’s Hostile Measures

     

The current consensus on the complex Russian threat is simultaneously understated and overblown. Russia is dangerous. It sows disorder, weakens democratic institutions, and undermines NATO cohesion. In some ways, its… Read more »

How to ‘take the fight to the kleptocrats’

     

The U.S. Senate has agreed a bipartisan deal to address Venezuela’s political, economic, and humanitarian crisis, including the VERDAD Act, which includes specific measures for democracy assistance and “strengthens tools… Read more »

International Human Rights Day, 2019 — a wake-up and a warning

     

European Union Foreign Ministers have reportedly used the occasion of International Human Rights Day to approve an EU Magnitsky Act after Hungary dropped its objections. The EU has been considering… Read more »

Holiday

     

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How social movements can counter democratic downgrades

     

Europe’s populist revolt is realigning the continent’s politics around new fault lines: City versus countryside, working class versus highly educated elites, “sovereignists” versus “globalists.” This has come at the expense… Read more »