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 & […]

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma and President of China Xi Jinping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Sandton, Johannesburg

Buyer Beware: China’s Risky Commodity Investments

A few years ago, Western countries feared that China’s forays into Africa would cut them off from commodities. In light of current low prices it looks as if China made a mistake when it secured access to resources through risky investments. What do countries like Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea […]

Nuevo Mas banners at Plaza Congreso

“Kirchnerismo Failed to Consolidate Its Authoritarian Trend”

After the Peronists lost the presidential elections in November 2015, we spoke with democracy activist and think tank director Gabriel Salvia about the legacy of kirchnerismo, the structural deficits of Argentinian democracy and the most important reform steps ahead. BTI Blog: After 12 years under Nestor Kirchner and his wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, every […]

Skopje

“Citizens Need to Be Empowered to Support Democratic Change”

After years of political crises and shortly before the elections, we talked to political analyst and social entrepreneur Dane Taleski about overcoming the political crisis in Macedonia, the role of civil society and the challenge of resurrecting democratic values. BTI Blog: Many observers consider the ongoing political crisis in Macedonia the most severe since the […]

A graffiti showing Hugo Chavez

Maduro’s Time is Running Out

Faced with electoral setback and rising popular discontent, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro just announced a number of economic reforms. But will these suffice to combat the country’s economic and social crises? In Venezuela’s most recent parliamentary elections on December 6, 2015, Chavismo experienced its first political setback since coming to power 17 years ago. The […]

Air strike in Sana'a

Trapped in Yemen

Long time, Yemen was mainly a stop-over for African migrants to the Gulf states. With the war in Yemen entering its second year, migratory flows have reversed. While thousands – East Africans and Yemenis – flee the country, many remain trapped in the humanitarian and political disaster on the Arabian Peninsula. This article is part […]