The BTI team: Sabine Donner, Hauke Hartmann, Sabine Steinkamp & Robert Schwarz (from left to right) © Bock & Gärtner

“Conflict Management is at a Low Point”

The BTI team talks about the findings from the latest edition of the Transformation Index, the wave of civil protests sweeping the globe, and strategies for countries in transition. BTI Blog: What exactly is the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index, the BTI? Hauke Hartmann (Senior Project Manager at BTI): The BTI team is interested in observing […]

The BTI team: Sabine Donner, Hauke Hartmann, Sabine Steinkamp & Robert Schwarz (from left to right) © Bock & Gärtner

The Frog Jumps out of the Well

Tunisia, the BTI’s most-improved in democratic transformation (jumping from rank 100 in the BTI 2012 to rank 64 in the BTI 2014), has managed its transformation process like the frog who made it out of the well by taking two steps forward and one step back. After approving the constitution and establishing a new caretaker […]

São Paulo subway cars. © Luis F. Gallo (CC-BY-2.0)

Bridging the Corruption Gap in Brazil

Media and civil society in Brazil are quite successful at exposing corruption. The government should revisit laws, strengthen their enforcement, and engage in an anti-corruption forum with NGOs and businesses. The fight against corruption is an ever-present key issue in Brazilian media and society. It’s common knowledge that, despite Brazil’s vast economic potential and the […]

Chinese surveillance ships near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, April 2013 © Times Asi (CC BY 2.0)

Symbols for Competition

The disputes over islands in the East and South China Seas are as much about resources and territories as they are about reaffirming national sentiments. Yet the chances of outright conflict remain slim. China’s assertiveness in the East and South China Seas has been causing alarm from Washington to Tokyo. In the East China Sea, […]

Nelson Mandela

“Skepticism Has Grown”

Policy analyst Jan Hofmeyr on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the diluted social capital of the ANC – and why migration is a challenge for South Africa. BTI Blog: South Africa is in mourning, having lost the great inspirational and integrative personality of Nelson Mandela. What has changed since – has he given your country […]

Police on Maidan square, December 2013 © maksymenko.com.ua

“Dignity in Ukraine is Violated Every Day”

Political scientists Iryna Solonenko and Vasyl Kosiv talk about the Maidan protests, the role of civil society and the fight for political accountability in Ukraine. BTI Blog: In early 2014, the Maidan is still occupied by demonstrators, and protests against President Yanukovych’s rule continue, seemingly unabated. What are the factors contributing to the opposition’s persistence, […]

Are powers concentrated in good hands? Nepal’s Chief Justice and interim head of government Khil Raj Regmi © Krish Dulal (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Re-Thinking Separation of Powers in Nepal

Nepal’s November 2013 parliamentary elections set a precedent for democratic governance in the Himalayan nation. Ironically, with the right leaders and support from the population, temporary restrictions on separation of powers may serve the future of Nepali democracy. Global and regional powers, including the European Union, the United States, Japan, China, and India, sent congratulations […]