The Battle for Democracy Can Be Won in Warsaw

Anna Wojciuk in Foreign Policy clarified potential options for EU- and US-Poland relations moving forward in the wake of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine, and their implications for the health of democracy in Europe and more broadly. The author argues against the assumption that Russia’s war in Ukraine has strengthened Poland’s position vis-à-vis the pressures … Continued

Freedom House Nations in Transit 2022 Policy Recommendations

Freedom House has released policy recommendations targeted towards helping to counter authoritarianism and support human rights and democracy in the Nations in Transit region. Solutions will need to involve states, civil society and the private sector, and care should be taken to ensure that solutions do not result in strengthened undemocratic alliances. Recommendations focus on … Continued

The Russian Propaganda in Arabic Hidden from the West

Nadia Oweidat outlines the concerning impact of Russian narratives in Arabic social media depictions of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The messaging is overwhelmingly pro-Russian, with little to no pro-Western or pro-democracy voices. Given the propensity of leaders in the Gulf region to support authoritarian regimes, and increasing anti-Western and anti-democratic messaging over the past … Continued

Ukraine Crisis Prompts China to Swing Behind Myanmar’s Junta

Jason Tower considers the recent shift in Chinese policy towards the authoritarian regime in Myanmar in light of its wider impact in the region, Chinese foreign policy, and its potential impact on democracy and human rights in the region. Over the past month, China has increased its military support for the junta and is also … Continued

The battle for Tunisia’s democracy

Anthony Dworkin writes about the impact of recent events in Tunisia on democracy in the European Council on Foreign Relations. Tunisian President Kais Saied has moved the country in a steadily more authoritarian direction over the past year, giving himself the power to rule by decree and attacking judicial independence. Last week, he went one … Continued

The Democrats America Is Leaving Behind

Laura Thornton in the Atlantic reminds us of the democracy fighters in autocracies, reminding us that the struggle between democracy and autocracy depends not on locations and borders, but is rooted in the values and ideas held by the people. The author criticises the approach taken by the Summit from Democracy and broader framing by … Continued

How Democracies Can Respond to the Invasion of Ukraine

Laura Thornton of the German Marshall Fund considers how democracies can modify their approaches to promoting and protecting democracy in the wake of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The war itself is about democracy, and autocrats are increasingly forging alliances and threaten democracy through the use of a “nonkinetic toolbox” of techniques such as malign … Continued

Ukraine’s EU Membership and the Geostrategy of Democratic Self-Preservation

Richard Youngs considers the changing possibilities for EU membership for the newly-dubbed Association Trio, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The war has placed their membership firmly back on the agenda of the EU, though any decision over future enlargement will require substantial considerations, and the three countries themselves recognise that there is still work to be … Continued

How Vladimir Putin provokes—and complicates—the struggle against autocracy

The Economist considers how Russia’s unjustified war in Ukraine changes the international dynamics for democracy support and fighting against authoritarianism. During the Cold War, the United States and other democracies made deals with undemocratic regimes that are looked back on unfavourably, with the current situation necessitating similarly difficult choices. The article considers possibilities for cooperation … Continued

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