Category: Democratization

Autocratization poses challenge for democracy assistance strategies

     

Illiberals are neither fully committed to civil liberties – such as freedom of expression, assembly and association – and the rule of law, nor totally devoted to the institutions that… Read more »

Advancing democracy: What works and why?

     

“What factors and conditions should exist for local pro-democracy, human rights, and labor organizations  to effect positive change?” The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)… Read more »

Mubarak’s legacy – Arab Spring’s failure?

     

Hosni Mubarak, the autocratic ruler of Egypt whose nearly 30 years in power came to an abrupt, bloody climax in 2011 after a popular revolt swept across the Arab world,… Read more »

Renewing Democracy in the Digital Age

     

The scholar Hélène Landemore, a professor of political science at Yale, has spent much of her career trying to understand the value and meaning of democracy and trying to solve… Read more »

Beyond Interests vs. Ideals? Advancing democracy in the ‘Arab Winter’

     

Tunisia’s interior regions have been a wellspring for social protests. Without deep economic restructuring, populists could pose an even graver threat to the country’s nascent democracy, argues analyst Hamza Meddeb…. Read more »

‘Democracy: From Theory to Practice’: Assessing decay, breakdown and renewal

     

The autocratic resurgence was a factor in prompting USAID to declare 2020 as the Year of Democracy and launch a campaign called #Democracy Is… in order “to highlight the interlocking… Read more »

‘Political Reinvention’: How a democratic counteroffensive can win

     

  We’re living at a transformational moment in history. The survival of open societies is endangered, according to George Soros, founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations. “As I… Read more »

Taiwan ‘treads fine line’ between democracy and China

     

  Understanding the deep roots of Taiwan’s democracy helps to explain the resolve of contemporary Taiwanese, according to analysts Evan Dawley and Wayne Soon. Taiwan’s 2020 elections produced a landslide… Read more »

Grand strategy toward China needs ‘coalition of the democratic willing’

     

If it is not to lose its strategic struggle with China in Asia and globally, the United States needs to present an alternative model to Beijing’s authoritarian archetype, says a… Read more »