Category: Democratic institutions

A New Era in Online Engagement in MENA

     

  People in the Middle East and North Africa have greater access to the Internet, technology and online tools and platforms than ever before. At a time when traditional space… Read more »

Poll shows Uganda’s democracy has ‘stagnated, regressed’

     

\ Last Saturday, as Yoweri Museveni was declared president of Uganda for a fifth consecutive term, the military rolled armored cars down the streets of the capital, Kampala, and police surveillance helicopters… Read more »

Amid media crackdown, looming crisis within China’s legal system

     

  China is dramatically increasing its restrictions on foreign media operations in the country. Foreign-owned media or joint ventures in China will not be able to publish online without prior… Read more »

The one change Ukraine really needs

     

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has picked up sharply in recent weeks, residents along the front line, commanders and European monitors say, The New York Times reports. Ukrainians marked the second… Read more »

How do parliaments shape democracy (and democracies shape parliaments)?

     

  Democracy and democracy-strengthening are always a work in progress, according to the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Graeme Ramshaw and Alex Stevenson.  It’s time for those involved in this work… Read more »

‘Hybrid’ South Africa: poised between democracy & autocracy?

     

  A survey by Afrobarometer shows that growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leadership and government performance has spilled over into frustration with democracy in general, writes analyst Boniface Dulani: Looked… Read more »

Cambodia: ‘old-style politics in a new society’

     

For 30 years, Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge fighter, has wielded power through a combination of threats, clever deal-making and sheer willpower. And for most of that… Read more »

Militancy, Border Security, and Democracy in the Sahel

     

The permeability of borders, along with political vacuums and economic marginalization in the hinterlands, has transformed border communities in the Maghreb-Sahel into epicenters of identity-driven politics, militancy, violent conflict, and… Read more »

Why Libya’s transition failed

     

The ultimate blame for Libya’s failed transition must lay with Muammar Gaddafi, who bequeathed Libyans a country without a state, notes a leading analyst. Leaders of the new Libya found it… Read more »

Muted Modernists? Saudi Islamists ‘campaign for democracy’

     

The Saudi regime watched the 2011 Arab Spring unfold across the Middle East with deep unease. As the year progressed, the regime responded by rounding up moderate Islamists because of… Read more »