Category: Democracy Digest

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

     

Democracy Digest posts will be light over the coming week due to the holiday and vacation. For regular updates, check out the Digest Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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 »

Populists pushing democracies towards deadlock

     

Recent elections in Spain, Israel and Germany failed to resolve political paralysis and produce governing coalitions. Each country’s situation has its own intricacies and complications. But there are also two general… Read more »

‘Beyond Populism’: A way out of the quagmire?

     

Much has been made of the seemingly inevitable rise of authoritarian politics in Europe, but the true picture in Europe today is far more complex than what such generalizations allow,… Read more »

Iranian democracy: playing the long game

     

Civil society activist Mariam Memarsadeghi and her NGO Tavaana aren’t planning for the “day of” the revolution, the way so many other opponents of the Iranian regime seem to be…. Read more »