A Last day of Hajj - all pilgrims leaving Mina, many already in Mecca for farewell circumambulation of Kaaba
Government buildings in Tunis

Is Tunisia’s 2014 Constitution Already Obsolete?

Tunisia – often lauded for its democratic development after the Arab Spring – is engulfed in a political power struggle and personal rivalries between office holders. Now the country’s constitution is increasingly coming under threat. More than one year and a half after the legislative and presidential elections in Tunisia in October and November 2014, […]

Ulan Bator, Mongolia: in front of the Parliament building, Suhbaata

Mongolia: The Hidden Welfare Champion?

The World Social Forum convenes in Montreal from August 9-14. On occasion of the world’s largest civil society gathering, we look at an unknown star of social policy: Mongolia. Capitalizing on its mineral wealth, the country has set out to become a leading welfare state amongst emerging and developing countries.  In parliamentary elections on 29 […]

Rio de Janeiro downtown and Favéla/Sugarloaf/Pain de Sucre

Political Doping on the Eve of the Olympics

Hardly any other country included in the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) has been as diligent in combating corruption as Brazil. Indeed, the country’s prosecutors need all the resolve they can muster: Brazil’s political system has recently been shaken by several bribery scandals, which have contributed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. An analysis. […]

View on the fortress of the Slovak capital Bratislava

Putting the Fox in Charge of the Hen House?

On July 1 Slovakia took over the EU Council Presidency. Until now the government led by Prime Minister Fico refuses to assume responsibility in the refugee situation and attracted attention with islamophobic and populist comments. Is it now able to play the intermediator in Europe?  How strong is the consensus on values in present-day Europe? […]

Map of Republic of South Sudan through magnifying glass

The World’s Youngest State Plunges into Renewed Violence

The terrorist attack in Nice and events in Turkey have pushed developments in South Sudan out of Western media headlines. Yet five years after independence, the situation in the East African state remains tense. The most recent outbreaks of violence have driven more than 10,000 South Sudanese to flee their homes. After more than 20 […]

Partially Blurred Image of Iran on a Map

Iran: Euphoria Following the Nuclear Deal Has Passed

Four months on from the reformist victory in the double election and five months after the closing of the nuclear deal new prospects for Iran have opened up on the international stage. Yet, a climate of insecurity in the Islamic Republic remains and the country stays unpredictable. On 26 February 2016, Iranians went to the […]

Protesters in São Paulo

Revisiting a Success Story

Solid economic growth, combined with social policies: This was the recipe for success followed by many Latin American countries like Brazil. Now, the boom in exports has ended – all at the cost of social advances made in recent years. Is it time to question previous reform policies? Most economies in Latin America and the […]

Russian Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: Xiaojun Deng via flickr.com,  CC BY 2.0

Is Cambodia Becoming the Sick Man of Southeast Asia?

Lack of transparency, accountability and judicial independence as well as widespread corruption seem to be unalterable elements of Cambodia’s development process. Could the reform bottleneck harm the country’s economic prospects and how far will the regime go to stay in power? Sometimes odds and ends are enough to reveal the whole picture. In April 2016, […]

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 […]