Category: Elections

Polish opposition offers lessons for anti-populists

     

  Lessons from the Polish Opposition by Jacek Rostowski @ProSyn https://t.co/gqWHgarDUK — Democracy Digest (@demdigest) July 13, 2020   Although Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski did not come out on top… Read more »

Democracies vulnerable to crisis: Covid exacerbates weaknesses, says BTI

     

The COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the very weaknesses that have marked the democratic erosion of the last decade in most of the 137 developing and transformation countries examined in the… Read more »

Covid-19 exposing liberal order’s instabilities and weaknesses

     

The embeddedness of liberal democracies in an interdependent world characterized by relatively free cross-border flows of goods, services, assets and people has amplified the virulent effects of highly contagious deadly… Read more »

When elections hurt democracy

     

The Algerian government has begun investigating the funding of media organizations and news sources that it claims are using foreign funding to promote anti-government and anti-reform content. The authorities have… Read more »

Hong Kong using Covid-19 crisis as ‘golden opportunity’ to decapitate protest movement

     

Hong Kong authorities arrested fifteen prominent activists, including former lawmakers, in what is thought to be the largest crackdown (HT: CFR) on the city’s pro-democracy movement since mass protests began… Read more »

Gangnam Smile: North Korean defectors make history

     

The most important thing about South Korea’s legislative elections this week is the fact that they happened at all, notes John Delury, a professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University,… Read more »

Iran’s regime ‘facing fundamental test of legitimacy’

     

Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran’s leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the… Read more »

Building democratic resilience against weaponized disinformation

     

Social media and the Internet pose an acute threat to democracy, but probably not in the way that most people assume, says a leading expert. Many people believe that the… Read more »

Disinformation weaponized to discredit democracy – Kofi Annan Commission

     

Social media has become a hotbed of extremism, used to undermine democracy, a think-tank said on Wednesday, calling for reforms to restore trust in government and banish fringe elements, The… Read more »

Why Taiwan’s emphatic rebuke terrifies China

     

Taiwan’s voters delivered a stinging rebuke of China’s rising authoritarianism on Saturday by re-electing President Tsai Ing-wen, who vowed to preserve the island’s sovereignty in the face of Beijing’s intensifying… Read more »