Tag: Armenia

Autocratization surges, resistance grows

     

As #autocratization accelerates, democratic resistance against this trend is growing, according to new V-Dem Institute data. For the first time since 2001, autocracies became a majority, with 92 countries hosting 54%… Read more »

Democratic resilience – new directions for civil society support

     

The acquittal of civil society activist Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey, notes analyst Marc Pierini. The… Read more »

Survey reveals Georgians’ ‘alarming’ lack of trust in democratic institutions

     

Georgians’ trust in the country’s democratic institutions have been shaken by recent events, according to the results of a public opinion survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), in… Read more »

2020: The year to focus on strengthening global democracy

     

  In his recent book The Jungle Grows Back, American historian and journalist Robert Kagan asks readers to confront the possibility that this retreat isn’t a temporary slippage but rather that… Read more »

‘Zero Corruption’: feasible or fantasy?

     

A court in Bishkek has ruled to freeze the bank accounts of RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service, locally known as Azattyk, its correspondent, and the Kyrgyz news site Kloop following their joint… Read more »

Armenia’s ‘historic opportunity’ for reform needs support

     

  Armenia’s 2018 Velvet Revolution is a historic opportunity for democratic development, a new analysis suggests. Popular protests led by Nikol Pashinian dislodged the country’s kleptocratic ruling elite, and a… Read more »

How did Armenia pull off a democratic revolution?

     

For Armenia, a Russian ally, a member of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and once regarded as increasingly autocratic, the 2018 Velvet Revolution was a remarkable achievement, writes Eurasia Democratic Security Network… Read more »

Upgrading support for Armenia’s post-revolution reforms

     

Armenia’s “velvet revolution” is one of the “positive breakthroughs” of the last year to confirm w that “democracy has enduring appeal as a means of holding leaders accountable and creating… Read more »

Democracy in retreat: ‘ominous’ decline around the world, says Freedom House

     

Democracy is undergoing an ‘alarming’ decline around the world, according to the latest annual survey from Freedom House.* The country-by-country report – Freedom In The World 2019 – paints a… Read more »

‘Democratic dream’ in South Caucasus?

     

Democratic bright spots are emerging in Armenia and Georgia despite their being wedged between less-than-democratic regional powers—Iran, Russia and Turkey, note analysts Denis Corboy, William Courtney and Kenneth Yalowitz. Both countries seek… Read more »