Category: Democracy Digest

‘Revolt against virtue’ fuels populist resurgence?

     

  The assumption of virtue among those who count themselves as progressive may help to explain the popularity of right-wing agitators, as well as the link between anti-immigrant sentiment and… Read more »

Iran tilts to the right: fueling unrest, punishing dissent

     

Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei is doubling down on his regime’s policies of persecution, power projection and terror by appointing hard-line loyalists in a bid to ensure that critical state institutions remain… Read more »

Time to ‘double down’ on consolidating Iraqi democracy

     

Iraqis need to consolidate their democracy and eliminate the deficiencies in its foundation and  framework, argues Dr. Abbas Kadhim, Senior Fellow and Director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic… Read more »

‘Malign Finance’ – the kleptocratic threat to democracy

     

Prospects for a democratic transition in Venezuela faltered with the failure of “some sort of arrangement where the U.S. would lift sanctions on the country’s kleptocratic government in exchange for… Read more »

Venezuela: Why is this moment different?

     

Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, leading to multiple injuries… Read more »

‘A Case of Irresponsible Asset Return’ benefits Kazakhstan kleptocracy

     

Following a year-long investigation, the Corruption and Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) have published their full findings on Kazakhstan II, produced in collaboration with the Eurasia Democracy Initiative. Kazakhstan II is… Read more »

Making Democracy Work in Malaysia

     

Malaysia’s political landscape took on a new hue after the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, 2018. The Alliance of Hope or Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the 2018 election,… Read more »

Countering digital dangers to democracy

     

In terms of digital dangers to democracy, four challenges loom large, notes Laura Chinchilla, Chair of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan‘s Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age, launched earlier this month at… Read more »

China’s Authoritarian Challenge: ‘poses greatest threat to democracy’

     

How should Western liberal democracies confront a China that is taking a page from their own playbook, as it exploits their openness to advance its ideological and geopolitical objectives? asks… Read more »