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.
The Trump administration, in personnel and practice, resembles a kleptocratic network such as those seen in many developing countries and post-Soviet states. Simply stated, this government’s objective is making money.
Actions by governments around the world to restrict space for civil society have continued to multiply.
The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries.
In a country full of sophisticated lawyers and lobbyists and rationalizers, it is now urgent to ask whether Americans still understand what corruption is. To say it’s what is proscribed by law is to fall into a logical sinkhole.
Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency was more than an endorsement of his politics. It was a rejection of the perceived oligarchy that much of the country has felt ignored and excluded by.
The troubling, even alarming trend of closing space for civil society around the world has a direct but not always recognized link to the large problem of state fragility.
An examination of the ways Western public and private funders are responding to the increasing restrictions on support for civil society around the world.
New technologies offer powerful tools for empowerment, yet democracy around the world is stagnating.
Hungary offers an important example of the problems that an apparently consolidated democracy can encounter. It also poses a test for the European Union and the United States on how to respond when democracy comes under stress in an EU member state.