Around the world, newly assertive illiberal regimes are becoming increasingly adept at restricting civil society through legal constraints, forcing civil society groups to rethink the way they operate.
Since political parties in both established and emerging democracies face similar challenges, Western party aid should avoid the donor-recipient paradigm and instead embody a productive spirit of mutuality.
Empowering international aid recipients with better information on the different aid organizations, their motivations, and their methods may help solve some of aid’s great challenges.
Calls for non-Western forms of democracy have been around for many years but are now becoming louder and more ubiquitous. This trend can be expected to deepen as an integral element of the emerging post-Western world order.
Regional geopolitics is fueling authoritarianism within Turkey, and the latter in turn weakens Turkey’s democratic legitimacy among reformers across the Middle East.
There are growing calls for an EU policy that can confront the drivers of instability in the Middle East. But such a policy is unlikely to emerge anytime soon.
There is broad agreement that the EU needs to support local civil society organizations in the neighborhood. But what do Arab reformers themselves understand by democratic citizenship?
As the European Endowment for Democracy becomes an established actor in democracy support, it will face tricky challenges and will need to recalibrate its activities.
EU member states must work hard to turn the union’s new action plan on democracy and human rights into a platform for more effective democracy support.
Western democratic powers are no longer the dominant external shapers of political transitions around the world.