The network …

… “External Democracy Promotion” (EDP) is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional working group of scholars from the social sciences. Our main focus is on international and comparative studies. Participants come from universities and research institutes in Germany and Switzerland.


24. October 18 | News

Call for Papers: “Why to Fight against Dictatorship at high personal costs? Studying Political Activism and its Leadership in Autocracies”

An EDP workshop organized by PD Dr. Sonja Grimm (University of Konstanz/University of Basel) in cooperation with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt   Date: 17-18 January 2019 Workshop location: Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Baseler Str. 27-31, 60329 Frankfurt (three minutes …

read more »

15. October 18 | News

Sonja Grimm: Habilitation Thesis on International Democracy Promotion in Post-conflict Societies and Fragile States

In the cumulative habilitation project Sonja Grimm investigates the instruments and strategies of international democracy promotion in post-conflict societies and fragile states, the effects of such external support and the reasons for the (mostly limited) effectiveness of international democracy promotion. Three …

read more »


Solveig Richter, Jonas Wolff | 2018

Colombia Under the Duque Government. Policy options to strengthen the peace process

PRIF Spotlight 10/2018, Frankfurt: Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

read more »

Johannes Gerschewski, Alexander Dukalskis | 2018

Justifying Dictatorship


read more »

Jonas Wolff | 2018

The Delegitimization of Civil society Organizations. Thoughts on Strategic Responses to the “Foreign Agent” Charge

in: César Rodríguz-Garavito/Krizna Gomez (eds.): Rising to the Populist Challenge. A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors, Bogotá: Dejusticia, 129–137.

read more »

EDP Wire

9. August 18 | Sonja Grimm, Brigitte Weiffen

Domestic elites and external actors in post-conflict democratisation

When trying to explain the outcomes of post-conflict democratisation, scholars have mostly examined the role of external actors and their capabilities and deficiencies. In turn, a special issue edited by Sonja Grimm and Brigitte Weiffen sheds light on the domestic side of post-conflict democratization.

read more »

30. July 18 | Jonas Wolff

Strategic responses to the “Foreign Agent” label

Instead of letting governments define the terms, CSOs need to take “foreign agent” allegations seriously and address them strategically.

read more »