Governance key to strategy for Iraq

     

Iraq’s politics, governance, and economy all pose major challenges that could leave Iraq unstable or even divide it, notes CSIS analyst Anthony H. Cordesman. Iraq’s progress towards democracy has so… Read more »

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Russia ‘playing with West’s minds’: Putinism an ideological threat?

     

In a new book, Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister, says he called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia about false news reports attacking him on the international Russian… Read more »

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“An affront to democracy”: Cuba’s launches fresh crackdown on activists

     

Cuba’s Communist regime has launched a fresh crackdown on the island’s democracy activists, reports suggest. At least eight houses were occupied by more than 200 military personnel bearing assault weapons… Read more »

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Egypt moves to enhance authoritarian rule

     

Proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, including granting the armed forces authority to intervene in government, would undermine judicial independence and expand executive powers that are already being abused, Human Rights… Read more »

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Allow US Global Media to do its job: promoting freedom

     

U.S. Global Media is the leading instrument of American soft power in authoritarian countries and struggling democracies, notes A. Ross Johnson, a history and public policy fellow at the Woodrow… Read more »

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Venezuela: beware the ‘dark side’ of negotiated transitions

     

Will a negotiated settlement resolve Venezuela’s political standoff? Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has endorsed a proposal to amnesty to the military if it repudiates the Maduro regime and facilitates a restoration of… Read more »

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Liberalism in retreat in world’s largest democracy?

     

India’s liberal democracy is now under assault, as evidenced by a pattern of assaults on minorities, press freedom, and the independence of key cultural and intellectual institutions, argues analyst Sumit Ganguly,. co-author of… Read more »

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Artificial intelligence a tool in fight against fake news?

     

A coalition of European human and digital rights groups has signed an open letter to Facebook  demanding far greater transparency about how its platform distributes and amplifies political ads ahead of elections to… Read more »

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China’s sharp power: is talk of new ideological Cold War ‘overblown’?

     

China’s media is being wielded as a tool to shape public opinion and serve the ideological aims of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) across the globe. And, as a part… Read more »

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Cuba’s new constitution: window-dressing for single-party rule?

     

Cuba’s revised constitution amounts to window-dressing for continued single-party rule, some of the island’s democratic and civil society voices will tell a Washington forum next week. An Organization of American… Read more »

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