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‘Connecting the Dots’: empowering stakeholders for inclusive governance

     

Societies with open markets and the rule of law foster freedom and security, allowing businesses to innovate and invest, notes Kim Bettcher, head of the Center for International Private Enterprise’s… Read more »

Main threat to liberal democracy ‘comes from within’?

     

Just as optimism over communism’s collapse and liberal democracy’s triumph masked underlying realities, so does Robert Kagan’s pessimism that strongmen are striking back warp understanding, argues Sheri Berman, a professor of political… Read more »

Rise of revisionist powers means rethinking democracy promotion

     

Greater attention to the preconditions for and impact of freedom and democracy, and to the persistence and varieties of nationalism, would contribute to the formulation of a 21st century foreign policy… Read more »

Will democracy win? Liberalism vs. its adversaries

     

The past century has been marked by repeated proclamations of the triumph of democracy. However, they have proved premature. Today, illiberal actors have once more gained footholds on both sides… Read more »

Russian ‘mood swing’? High level of dissent ‘points to trouble for Putin’

     

Economic conditions for most Russians are about to get much worse, say analysts [HT: Paul Goble]. That makes grim reading for the Kremlin alongside news that Vladimir Putin’s personal support hit… Read more »

Defending democracy: best responses to weaponized information

     

  Russia is likely to adopt innovative active measures as it seeks to interfere in future elections. Instead of fighting the last war, we should expect a new Kremlin meddling… Read more »

Ukraine is ‘on the brink’ of kleptocracy

     

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, has warned that international donors cannot dictate laws to the country, amid a stand-off over demands for Kiev to set up an independent anti-corruption court that… Read more »

Tunisia protests highlight trade-off between democracy and strong economy?

     

One person has died, 50 policemen have been injured and more than 200 people arrested in two nights of widespread and violent protests across Tunisia, driven by anger over steep price… Read more »

UN: China blocks civil society activists, harasses experts

     

  Human Rights Watch says in a new report Tuesday that China has tried to intimidate, blacklist and squelch the voices of rights advocates who operate within the U.N. system,… Read more »

Online and On All Fronts: Russia’s assault on opposition ‘reaching new heights’

     

Russia has introduced significant restrictions to online speech and invasive surveillance of online activity and prosecutes critics under the guise of fighting extremism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released… Read more »