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Most Recent EDP WIRE Posts

December 4, 2018 | EDP Wire | Annika E. Poppe, Solveig Richter, Jonas Wolff

Democracy Promotion in the 21st Century

Annika, Jonas, and Solveig take stock of the key challenges and trends in international democracy promotion in this weeks contribution. They introduce the overall question that informed the EDP policy report, suggest a reconceptualisation of democracy promotion research, and give a short overview over the coming contributions.

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November 23, 2018 | EDP Wire |

Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty – Trends and Challenges

Is demo­cracy in crisis through­out the world and how alarmed should we be? And what about inter­national demo­cracy pro­motion – is there a need for re­concept­ualization? The joint policy paper written by the EDP members aims at giving a con­cise and pointed over­view of key trends and challenges that charac­terize the field of inter­national demo­cracy pro­motion today, and it offers re­commen­dations for demo­cracy pro­moters and policy makers on how to con­tinue a more pro­mising engage­ment.

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August 9, 2018 | EDP Wire | 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.

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July 9, 2018 | EDP Wire | Solveig Richter

Peace in Colombia: Shrouded in Uncertainty

In this EDP wire contribution Solveig Richter, Juniorprofessor for International Conflict Management at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and EDP member, answers the question ‘What are the current political and societal challenges in Colombia after the presidential elections regarding the peace process, and what is the population expecting from the incoming government?’.

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January 10, 2018 | EDP Wire | Jeff Bridoux

Democracy Promotion: Quo Vadis?

In this EDP Wire contribution, Jeff Bridoux discusses the demise of international democracy promotion. He argues that the two main actors of democracy promotion, the EU and the United States, have to bear part of the blame due to rising nationalism and waning interest in external democracy promotion.

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December 20, 2017 | EDP Wire | Julian Untiet, Shaheera Syed

Young Aspiring Policy-makers Discuss Threats to Liberal Democracies at the 3rd Bridging Gaps Conference at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt

This EDP wire contribution presents a conference report on the 3rd Bridging Gaps Conference that took place from November 10th – 11th 2017 at the University of Erfurt. The conference shed light on the topic “Threats to Liberal Democracies” and aimed to provide future policy makers with a platform to exchange ideas and discuss policies among like-minded peers.

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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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