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… “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.


18. April 19 | News

Three network members present findings to Carnegie Democracy Group in Brussels

Three network members – Julia Leininger, Annika Elena Poppe and Jonas Wolff – presented at the 15th meeting of the Carnegie Democracy Group in Brussels on April 16, 2019.

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22. March 19 | News

Keynote lecture with Oliver Richmond at EDP co-sponsored event on “Concepts of Peace and Peacebuilding: Europe and Beyond” in Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Oliver Richmond of the University of Manchester gave a keynote lecture on March 7, 2019 on “Concepts of Peace and Peacebuilding: Europe and Beyond” at an event our EDP member Solveig Richter had organized at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt. Richmond spoke at the Annual Colloquium of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies in Erfurt, which was co-sponsored by the EDP Network.

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Annika E. Poppe | 2019

Harmony and Resilience: US Democracy Promotion’s Basic Premises

in: Foreign Policy Analysis (2019) 0, 1-18.

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EDP Network | 2018

Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty

PRIF Report 13/2018, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

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Johannes Gerschewski, Alexander Dukalskis | 2018

Justifying Dictatorship


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EDP Wire

21. March 19 | Solveig Richter, Natasha Wunsch

How EU conditionality entrenches state capture in the Western Balkans

This EDP Wire was originally posted on The article argues that the EU enlargement process in the Western Balkans has fallen short of reproducing the transformative impact it had in Central and Eastern Europe. EDP member Solveig Richter and …

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15. March 19 | Sonja Grimm

EDP Workshop Report: „Why to Fight against Dictatorship at high personal costs?”

Under the direction of two of our network members, Sonja Grimm (University of Konstanz / University of Basel) and Annika Elena Poppe (PRIF), the EDP network organized a workshop on January 17–18 on “Why to fight against dictatorship at high …

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