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Most Recent EDP WIRE Posts

February 19, 2019 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff

Democracy Promotion in the Americas

In this last piece of our EDP Wire Series, Jonas discusses the problems of the regional system of democracy promotion in the Americas. He argues that the region has one of the most advanced regimes of democracy and human rights protection world-wide, but that there are no regional actors that have sufficient credibility, capacity and political will to respond to the serious challenges to, and in part open crises of, democracy that can be observed in the region.

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February 12, 2019 | EDP Wire | Julia Leininger

Democracy Promotion in Africa

Julia discusses the various challenges that democracy promotion in Africa is faced with. She calls for more integrated approaches by donors and multilateral organizations, as well as a stronger recognition of and clear commitments to shared democratic norms between external democracy promoters and African societies.

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February 5, 2019 | EDP Wire | Vera Van Hüllen

Democracy Promotion in the Arab World

This Wire is part of our EDP Wire Series featuring the contributions of our joint EDP policy paper. Once a week, you are invited to read a new article on one of the key issues that democracy promotion is currently …

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January 29, 2019 | EDP Wire | Solveig Richter

Democracy Promotion in the Post-Soviet Space

In this week’s contribution, Solveig looks at the way democracy is currently (not) being promoted in the post-soviet space. She argues that particularly three developments are worth noting: increasing contestation between the transatlantic community and Russia, a declining willingness by EU and US to push for democratic reforms, but also positive democratic progress in some parts of the region.

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January 22, 2019 | EDP Wire | Annika E. Poppe

Democracy Promotion under the current US Administration

This week Annika focusses on the second of two key actors on the world stage with regard to democracy promotion policies: the United States of America and their present administration’s democracy promotion policies. She argues that US democracy promotionis in a jam especially since Trump represents a low point for US credibility on the matter of democracy.

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January 15, 2019 | EDP Wire | Sonja Grimm

Democracy Promotion and the European Union

This week, Sonja turns to the European Union as one of the key actors on the world stage with regard to democracy promotion. Sonja argues that democracy promotion in the EU currently faces four main challenges: a loss of credibility, a lack of effectiveness, lacking willingness, and competition with regional powers’ counterveiling of European democracy promotion policies.

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January 8, 2019 | EDP Wire | Tina Freyburg

Democracy Promotion by Indirect Means: Potential and Limits of Functional Cooperation

In her contribution to the EDP policy paper, Tina looks at a specific strategy of international governance assistance that some consider a promising alternative to the direct and explicit promotion of democracy and discusses whether democracy promotion through so called “functional cooperation” might be a solution to the current malaise

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December 11, 2018 | EDP Wire | Johannes Gerschewski

Autocratization and Democratic Backsliding: Taking Stock of a Recent Debate

In his contribution to the EDP policy paper, Johannes focuses on rebuting the alarming notion of a global democratic rollback. He shows us that there is no general rise in autocratic regimes, but worrying developments indeed with regard to the quality of democratic regimes world-wide in terms of political rights and civil liberties

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