Ideologues and inertia stall Cuban reform

     

The Cuban economy is in tatters and the regime is backtracking on promises of reform, while human-rights groups say that beatings and detentions of dissidents have soared since the U.S…. Read more »

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Is ‘Populist International’ Undermining Western Democracy?

     

Europe’s populists share ideas and ideology, friends and funders, notes analyst Anne Applebaum. They cross borders to appear at one another’s rallies. They have deep contacts in Russia — they… Read more »

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‘Zealous democrats’? Call to redefine political Islam

     

The definition of ‘political Islam’ should be narrowed to recognize that many Islamic political movements share democratic values, according to a report by an influential committee of British MPs. The… Read more »

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Media and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship

     

The term “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, is now commonly used to refer to a variety of tactics and strategies—usually employing tools for mass communication—to blunt the efforts of terrorists… Read more »

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Repression without Borders: The Long Arm of Authoritarian Regimes

     

Immigrant groups remain subject to authoritarian repression even after they leave their homelands, according to new research by Dr. Dana Moss, a sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh. However, these… Read more »

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Modernizing Election Technology

     

Appropriate technology is more important than ever before for securing the integrity of elections, the Atlantic Council’s Rachel DeLevie-Orey, a Penn Kemble Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, tells… Read more »

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Media freedoms under fire in Myanmar

     

With last November’s landslide election victory of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, the outlook for a successful democratic transition in Myanmar seems more positive than ever,… Read more »

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Addressing Violent Extremism in the Sahel: The Role of Civil Society

     

The Sahel region has received significant international attention as a new battleground for fighting extremism, made vulnerable by tensions between various communities, weak public institutions, food insecurity, and often unresponsive… Read more »

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West must focus on countering Russian disinformation

     

The president of Bulgaria is the latest figure to warn that Russia is trying to divide and weaken Europe, the BBC reports: Rosen Plevneliev warned of Russian influence in his… Read more »

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What the West can do to contain Russia’s aggression, disinformation

     

Even before the December 2011 protests — and his own reelection as president in March 2012 — Vladimir Putin had begun signaling the return of a more authoritarian and aggressive… Read more »

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