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.


1. October 18 | News

Network meeting at PRIF in Frankfurt during the 27th GPSA congress

On September 27, our network members gathered during the 27th congress of the German Political Science Association (GPSA) at Goethe University Frankfurt to catch up on network related activities. During the meeting we discussed final touches to our joint policy …

read more »

13. August 18 | News

Guest researcher Nick Bouchet at PRIF

From August 6 to 10, 2018, Nicolas Bouchet, a returning EDP guest researcher, once again joined Annika and Jonas at PRIF. Nick is a non-resident research fellow at the German Marshall Fund specializing in U.S. foreign policy, democratization and democracy …

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 »