Category: Eurasia

Democracy needs new narrative for ‘cultural fight against populism’

     

Powerful global forces are eroding the foundations of the liberal order and empowering illiberal figures like Britain’s pinstriped populist Nigel Farage, The Economist observes: The most powerful of these global… Read more »

From democracy promotion to democracy attraction?

     

While democracy remains a popular aspiration around the world, “attraction” will prove more effective than “promotion” as a way to help democracy expand, says a leading analyst. A new study… Read more »

Misapprehension of liberalism? ‘Viktator’ Orban is following Putin playbook

     

The European parliamentary elections, which will take place later this month, offer Prime Minister Viktor Orbán the chance to build a right-wing populist coalition across Europe, according to Kim Lane… Read more »

Implacable Hostility: Russia’s response to Ukraine’s ‘stunning’ election

     

Russia is treating Ukraine and its newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, with the same implacable hostility as it did during Petro Poroshenko’s presidency, according to a leading analyst. The Kremlin… Read more »

What foreign policy approach toward backsliding liberal democracies?

     

Hungary’s illiberal premier Viktor Orban has rewritten Hungary’s constitution and dismantled judicial checks on power, stifled a once vibrant media, forced a top university out of the country, and criminalized the activities of some human rights organizations. Meanwhile, he… Read more »

Study reveals scale of Russian interference in democracies

     

Evidence of the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency’s long-term interference in European politics and elections has been revealed in two new studies. Taken together the findings provide a strong indication of… Read more »

Zelenskiy’s Ukraine well-placed to influence, compete with Russia

     

Ukraine is “the single most important front of [the] war against authoritarian expansion,” according to Stanford University’s Francis Fukuyama. “Clearly it matters a lot to Putin that Ukraine does not… Read more »

Russia’s crony capitalism: from market economy to kleptocracy?

     

Russia’s main problem isn’t populism, but elitism in two basic forms, says analyst Emil Pain, the paternalist one in the state based on tradition and the “snobbish” version held many… Read more »

Narratives can counter the disinformation dominating World Press Freedom Day

     

“Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,”  said the celebrated satirist Jonathan Swift. A rising tide of fake news and disinformation is dominating World Press Freedom Day discussions taking… Read more »