Category: Democratic institutions

Putin in ‘political desert’: What’s the next step for Russia’s opposition?

     

Vladimir Putin has now been in power in Russia as president and prime minister for twenty years. The local elections held in September provide an opportunity to evaluate the results… Read more »

Ukraine’s ‘Invisible Battalion’

     

On paper, she was officially enlisted as a seamstress due to restrictions on women’s military employment, the National Democratic Institute notes. In reality, Andriana Susak served as an assault trooper… Read more »

How to prevail against China

     

The United States is reshaping how it uses foreign aid in order to compete with China. The executive branch and Congress are exploring efforts — some controversial and still few on details —… Read more »

Tunisia’s democracy hangs in the balance

     

Tunisia’s moderate Islamist Ennahda party will seek to govern alone or in partnership with “the forces of the revolution”, its leader said on Friday, hinting at an end to five… Read more »

Reinvent democracy as populists ‘weaponize the will of the people’

     

The political arguments made by some contemporary politicians use the language of democracy, but the underlying logic has more in common with populist authoritarianism – a strategy that could be… Read more »

‘Gems, Warlords and Mercenaries’: Russia’s sharp power playbook in Africa

     

Russia lacks China’s muscle when it comes to trade and infrastructure. But it has other assets. One is a shrewd appreciation of the political needs of African dictators, another is… Read more »

Renewing the promise of reconciling political Islam and democracy?

     

  Jamal Khashoggi and I disagreed on almost all political issues, but we agreed on one thing: that the Arab world had profoundly changed in ways that rendered the old… Read more »

Resisting populism, renovating democracy in the age of globalization

     

The rise of populism in the West and the rise of China in the East have stirred a debate about the role of democracy in the international system, The Brookings… Read more »

‘Dictators in Moneyland’: Challenging kleptocracy

     

Ever since the earliest years of this century, Ukraine has been the contested frontier in a grand ideological struggle between democracy and kleptocracy, analyst Franklin Foer writes for The Atlantic. … Read more »

Global Disinformation Order: organized social media manipulation in at least 70 countries

     

Organized social media manipulation has more than doubled since 2017, with at least 70 states employing computational propaganda to shape public opinion, according to a new analysis.  In Vietnam, citizens… Read more »