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As the dust settles from the European elections, it is important to stand back from immediate political battles and assess the longer-term implications for European democracy.
While there is a growing movement for more government openness and accountability, governments around the world are also taking new measures to restrict civil society.
Internet shutdowns are not new, but they have become increasingly popular instruments among dictators and autocrats who want to control their citizenry and preempt political threats.
The arrest of Ivan Golunov on bogus drug charges sparked intense protests against the menace of the corrupt security state.
Bashing capitalism and the inequality it generates and perpetuates is as old as Karl Marx. The businessmen want to repair it, while radical critics want it replaced.
Orthodox Christianity—and Vladimir Putin—are at the center of the country’s newest culture war.
Improving security sector governance requires looking beyond short term tactical success and investing in longer term improvements. Such reforms are necessary for fragile states to improve the effectiveness of their security forces and temper extremism.
Kazakhstanis will vote for a new president on June 9. The election was supposed to be a smooth transition to a handpicked, pliant successor, not an open contest. But things are not going as originally planned.
The Primakov doctrine has set Russia’s recent course. The Kremlin must decide if it should continue to follow the doctrine, or if it should pursue a more robust set of global ambitions.
Four years ago, the AfD had seemed to fade from the political picture. Its recent rise has stopped for now, but Germany is not immune to far-right politics.