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December 20, 2017 | EDP Wire | Annika E. Poppe, Jonas Wolff

We need to understand why states object to the presence of foreign-funded NGOs

More and more countries restrict how NGOs operate, often by limiting their funding. The response is frequently to argue that these restrictions flout international law or amount to crackdowns on the opposition. Annika and Jonas argue that the objections to NGO activity need to be taken seriously.

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October 4, 2017 | EDP Wire | Marie Ullmann, Morgan Ross Courtney

Bridge to Democracy? The Role of EIDHR and EED Funded Democracy Projects in Armenia

The Armenian government is sending mixed signals to Brussels by joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in 2014 and proposing an Anti- NGO Law in 2015. As Armenia and the EU commenced policies under the umbrella of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in 2006, this provided the EU with the possibility to more cautiously control the democratizations processes in Armenia. However, as of the time of writing, the EU seems to not have any influence on developments on the ground.

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July 16, 2017 | EDP Wire | Johannes Gerschewski

How do autocracies legitimate their rule?

Johannes Gerschewski and Alex Dukalskis have edited a special issue of “Contemporary Politics” on the topic “Legitimation in Autocracies” to push forward the debate about a factor that has gone almost unnoticed by the recent wave of comparative authoritarianism: autocratic legitimation.

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May 31, 2017 | EDP Wire | Vera van Hüllen

International Cooperation and Authoritarianism: Dilemmas of International Democracy Promotion

More than six years after the wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, it is clear that the ‘Arab Spring’ has not put an end to the exceptional persistence of authoritarianism in the region. At the same time, it has highlighted the shortcomings of international democracy promotion efforts vis-à-vis these authoritarian regimes in the region.

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