Protests like the ones in Hong Kong have proliferated around the world in recent years. But can they lead to lasting change?
There has been a global transformation of political and civic activism, with innovative new forms and often dramatic impact, even in the face of widespread efforts by governments to limit civic and political space.
Fueled by social media, a wave of civic activism around the world is seeking to change societies. How do these new movements differ from the marches and protests of the past?
Pockets of energetic local Ukrainian activists are improving people’s lives and holding officials accountable, but foreign donors tend to overlook the important work they are doing.
One of the signal events in global politics in the last decade has been the transformation of political and civic activism. Not only is the new activism qualitatively different in character from what it was in 2000; its intensity and frequency have dramatically increased.
Around the world, conservative groups have been gaining influence, bolstering the power of right-wing leaders. It is a trend driven not only by older generations but also by the young.