Refugee Camp with lots of tents at the Turkish-Syrian border.

Turkey: No Future for Refugees

Despite many official claims, Turkey cannot be considered a safe country – neither for migrants nor for its own citizens. Without effective rights-based policies, agreements like the EU-Turkey deal are of no practical consequence for refugees living on the Bosporus. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies […]

Construction workers at project construction site

Investing in Democracy

Democratically governed countries usually offer better conditions for long-term foreign investment than autocratic ones – particularly more stability, greater legal certainty and more efficient governance. Thus, from a company perspective, investing in democracies does not only feel right, it is also the more rational choice. The Chinese government is losing out – big time – […]

People's March Anti Xenophobia Jeppe street, Johannesburg, outside Little Etheopia

South Africa & Brazil: Immigration Hubs Out of Steam

In the current tough economic climate in emerging economies, the need for effective migration policies is critical. Retaining home-grown skills and avoiding civil conflict are some of the greatest challenges for countries like South Africa and Brazil. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies in developing and […]

Syrian primary school children attending catch-up learning classes in Lebanon

“Lebanon has Good Practices to Convey to Europe”

Lebanon currently shelters one of the largest Syrian refugee populations in the world. Political scientist Tamirace Fakhoury talks about how her home country deals with the challenges and what Europe might learn from it. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies in developing and transition countries are […]

Sükhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar.

Guarded Confidence in Mongolian Democracy

A high court ruling on the country’s electoral system has thrown Mongolia into political turmoil. How will this affect the upcoming parliamentary elections? Will the country stay on its path towards consolidating democracy? On June 29, 2016, Mongolians will be voting for a new parliament, the State Great Khural, for the seventh time since the […]

Workers maintain the thermal power station at Takoradi, Ghana

“Lucky if you have power for 12 hours”

We spoke with Rasheed Draman about Ghana’s economic crisis, public discontent with service delivery and why his country will not fall victim to the “resource curse”. BTI Blog: Many observers – including BTI experts – have long considered Ghana a model of successful political and economic reform in sub-Saharan Africa. Now we see a significant […]

Many colourful figures of Hindu gods are shown

Is religious dogma taking hold of democracy in India?

Hindu fanaticism seems to be on the rise in India with the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi turning a blind eye. Is the world’s largest democracy on a slippery slope? Not a day goes by in which we are not reminded of the growing threat posed by religious extremism and fanaticism. There is a […]

Visit to The Chronicle & The Sunday News office in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Mugabe “Increasingly Frail and Indecisive”

In the midst of factional struggles over Mugabe’s unresolved succession, we talked with political scientist Lloyd M. Sachikonye about the legacy of political violence and his hopes for Zimbabwe’s future.   BTI Blog: After more than three decades, 92-year-old Robert Mugabe is still Zimbabwe’s strongman. Does his extraordinary capacity to maintain his grip on power constitute […]

Taipei Skyline

And the winner is … Taiwan

Ranking at the top of the BTI Status Index, Taiwan’s transformation from an authoritarian developing country to a thriving democracy and market economy deserves special attention. What are the recipes for the island state’s political and economic success? Taiwan is the Status Index top performer among the 129 countries surveyed in the 2016 edition of […]

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Hiring Bullies as Bouncers

Facing record immigration numbers, the European Union has started to look into closer cooperation with governments in Africa. In the Khartoum Process, the EU intends to set the fox to keep the geese, as it is those governments’ actions that people are trying to run away from. This article is part of our “Migration & […]