Category: Democratic institutions

Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship

     

In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled,… Read more »

Educate journalists on digital security tools

     

As cyber attacks become more common for journalists and news organizations, more cyber security courses and guidelines for protection will follow. Yet, according to a researcher studying the issue, most… Read more »

Rewriting the Arab Social Contract: Toward Inclusive Politics

     

As the Arab uprisings have unfolded, the economic and social issues at their roots have received little attention and in some cases have been entirely overlooked by the transitioning countries… Read more »

What is the Arabic for democracy?

     

  The collapse of the post-colonial Arab system is, at its heart, a crisis of legitimacy. The impact of colonialism, often blamed by Arabs for their woes, should not be… Read more »

As anti-corruption summit meets, Ukraine moves to keep kleptocracy intact

     

  Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday appointed a close ally of President Petro Poroshenko with no legal background as general prosecutor, a position seen by the West as crucial for Kiev’s… Read more »

Venezuela’s ‘monstrously unique’ crisis

     

Developing countries, like teenagers, are prone to accidents. One pretty much expects them to suffer an economic crash, a political crisis, or both, with some regularity, according to the Carnegie… Read more »

From protest to politics: Madinati ‘shakes up Lebanon’s old guard’

     

  Several dozen people gathered outside a Future Movement office in Beirut’s Al-Tariq al-Jadideh area Thursday to demand payments. A source told The Daily Star that the protesters were staff hired… Read more »

Engage civil society to combat Ukraine’s corruption, says IMF

     

Ukraine’s resistance to allow civil society experts to play a role in establishing the anti-corruption bureau remains “a major source of contention,” the International Monetary Fund said in a staff… Read more »

Why political prisoners matter

     

  Today, May 12, marks the 40th anniversary of the Moscow Helsinki Group, a human rights organization created to monitor the Soviet Union’s compliance with the Helsinki Accords, notes Natan… Read more »

Whatever happened to the ‘Turkish model’?

     

About five years ago, everyone was talking about the “Turkish model.” People in the West and in the Muslim world held up Turkey as a shining example of the compatibility… Read more »