Tag: democracy assistance

Taliban talks must protect Afghan state structure & citizens’ rights

     

To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the existing talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to negotiate with a sober understanding of the Taliban… Read more »

‘Freedom under Threat’: Africa’s closing political space

     

  At least a dozen African governments have passed laws that improperly constrain nongovernmental organizations in the last 15 years, while anti-NGO measures are pending in six more, according to… Read more »

Democracy facing strong headwinds in 2019

     

Democracy is facing strong headwinds in 2019, according to Francesc Badia i Dalmases, Director of DemocraciaAbierta and author of “Order and disorder in the 21st century. Global governance in a… Read more »

How to fight populism? ‘The Renewal of Representation’

     

“The best response to populism is not to attack it. Instead, efforts should be made to improve the quality, transparency and functioning of democratic institutions, which would, in turn, address… Read more »

Facing up to the difference between election meddling and advancing democracy

     

“Donald Trump’s refusal in Helsinki to credit his intelligence agencies’ findings about Russian electoral interference has unleashed a nationalist fury in Washington unseen since September 11,” Peter Beinart writes for… Read more »

Playing the ‘long game’: a strategic approach to advancing democracy

     

During a recent congressional hearing, the heads of three non-profit democracy assistance groups revealed the benefits of a strategic approach – playing “the long game” – in advancing democracy in other countries,… Read more »

Specious narrative equates political warfare with democracy assistance

     

A specious narrative has come back into circulation: that Moscow’s campaign of political warfare is no different from U.S.-supported democracy assistance, note Daniel Twining and Kenneth Wollack, president of the International… Read more »

Dismantling Reagan’s infrastructure of democracy in face of ‘authoritarian international’?

     

The State Department’s fiscal 2019 budget request is a proposal not only to slash the budget of the National Endowment for Democracy but also to disassemble its relationships with its core institutes,… Read more »

What the royal Saudi purge means: prelude to reform or power consolidation?

     

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been considered a bulwark of stability in the Persian Gulf region. But Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s extraordinary weekend roundup against alleged corruption shook… Read more »