Tag: National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Closing civic space – or changing civil society?

     

The trend of closing civic space crystallized at the beginning of this decade. In response, concerned international actors — including various bilateral aid agencies, foreign ministries, private foundations and international… Read more »

Putin v. the People: Divided Russia faces perilous politics

     

According to a new survey from WCIOM, one of Russia’s leading polling agencies, trust in Russian president Vladimir Putin has fallen to an all-time low of 31.7 percent, notes Samuel A…. Read more »

China defends ‘political success’ of Tiananmen ‘vaccination’

     

China has acknowledged — and justified — the Tiananmen crackdown in remarks geared at foreign audiences. The English edition of the state-run Global Times tabloid called the handling of Tiananmen… Read more »

‘Rule By Fear’: China’s democracy movement faces new challenges

     

The 30th anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests has brought the realization that a prosperous middle-class China will not necessarily turn against the ruling Communist party, as many outside… Read more »

New Tiananmen documents expose power games behind massacre

     

In hindsight, the crushing of the 1989 democracy movement was a clear indication that China’s leadership understood and rejected the cost of moving onto “the right side of history” and… Read more »

Democracy and its discontents: still the benchmark of Westernization?

     

Democracy has long been the benchmark of Westernization, notes Adam Tooze, Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia University. Talk of a crisis in democracy… Read more »

‘Most successful democracy promotion exercise in history’ in jeopardy?

     

Some European Union member states from Central and Eastern Europe may now be at odds with Brussels, but “the European accession process was by far the most successful democracy promotion… Read more »

Link trade & human rights to democratize China, says Tiananmen veteran

     

In May 1989, Wang Dan was 20 years old. With a megaphone held up to his thin face, which was in part masked by his large glasses, he rallied the… Read more »

The spell is broken: ‘Uberisation’ or renewal for Central Europe’s civil society?

     

After three decades of its functioning in a democracy, civil society in Central Europe has found itself in the need of contemplating its next direction, notes analyst Oľga Gyarfášová. There are… Read more »

Fresh options for democratic renewal?

     

The recent European parliamentary elections offered some optimistic liberals a chance to gloat, Ishaan Tharoor writes for The Washington Post: “The so-called populist wave, I think it was contained,” declared… Read more »