Tag: National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Democracy for Palestinians? Election talk rekindles hope

     

The European Union is pressuring the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership to hold legislative and presidential elections, as the body appears to be moving toward a more strong-armed approach to Palestinian affairs… Read more »

Advancing Arab democracy: interests vs. ideals

     

The Arab Spring uprisings began a century after Woodrow Wilson began a push to promote democracy abroad, believing this would foster world peace and stability. Over the last 100 years,… Read more »

The hard choice facing Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed

     

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed faces a hard choice between a shift towards authoritarianism, or the difficult task of generating confidence and belief in his reforms,* according to Nick Cheeseman, professor of… Read more »

2019’s ‘tsunami of protests’: democracy’s new hope or false dawn?

     

When historians look back at 2019, the story of the year will be the tsunami of protests that swept across six continents and engulfed both liberal democracies and ruthless autocracies,… Read more »

‘Managed Competition’? Meeting China’s challenge

     

China’s authoritarian leadership organizes and implements policies in ways that often are systemically incompatible with democratic, free market nations, according to a new report from the Scowcroft Center’s Transatlantic Security… Read more »

How to re-energize democracy: Demands for change may be spreading

     

Protesters around the world demanded change this year. While most protests were sparked by local issues, such as rising fuel prices or dissatisfaction with a leader, there were commonalities. Demonstrators… Read more »

Why democracy depends on the ‘deep state’

     

Like all modern democracies, the U.S. needs a deep state, because it is crucial to fighting corruption and upholding the rule of law, argues Francis Fukuyama, a senior fellow at… Read more »

The Art of Deceit: How China and Russia’s sharp power subverts the West

     

For much of the last decade, China and Russia have been waging political warfare against the West – and we simply didn’t notice, says the co-editor of a new analysis…. Read more »

How to ‘take the fight to the kleptocrats’

     

The U.S. Senate has agreed a bipartisan deal to address Venezuela’s political, economic, and humanitarian crisis, including the VERDAD Act, which includes specific measures for democracy assistance and “strengthens tools… Read more »

Which nation improved the most in 2019?

     

Two countries became notably less despotic in 2019. In Sudan mass protests led to the ejection of Omar al-Bashir, one of the world’s vilest tyrants. However, the risk that thugs from… Read more »