Next Generation Democracy

Revitalizing Democracy in Asia

How can reform-oriented political leaders utilize the rapid social change in Asia and Oceania for their democratic agenda? This question was at the core of a roundtable on “Next Generation Democracy” in Díli, Timor-Leste. As developing Asia struggles with consolidating their fragile democratic achievements, Timor-Leste is already reckoned by some as democracy’s new poster child […]

Construction workers along the Nile river in Luxor, Egypt © Dominic Chavez/World Bank (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

How to Overcome Authoritarianism in the Arab Economy

Getting rid of autocracy in the Middle East and North Africa is not just a challenge for politics. The economic sector too suffers under the stranglehold of the “nanny-state”. How to overcome it, depends very much on where you start from. From his own experience in office almost a year after the overthrow of the […]

Construction works in Ethiopia © Simon Davis/Department for International Development (CC BY 2.0)

Inclusive Development is needed to Sustain “Africa Rising”

Against predictions, the past 15 years have seen many African countries on the path towards greater stability, investment and growth. Now the challenge is to ensure that this success filters down to the level of ordinary citizens. For most of the previous century Africa has generally suffered from negative stereotypes – particularly from a governance […]

City Scape of the Hangzhong road, China ©veer/veerguy

Asia at the Crossroads

Aside from China, nearly all the states in Asia make use of the trappings of democracy, such as elections, parliaments, and the separation of powers. A new report examines the future of democracy in Asia in the next 15 years. Asia has made significant progress towards democratization in recent decades. Despite being tested from outside […]

Voters outside a polling station for Kyrgyzstan's constitutional referendum, Bishkek, 27 June 2010 © OSCE/Alimjan Jorobaev

Asia’s Potemkin Democracies

Central Asia remains difficult terrain for democracy. Today democratic prospects for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan seem bleaker than ever. Central Asia is one of the most authoritarian regions in the world. Although there are substantial differences among the five “stans” in terms of government and freedoms allowed, none of them can be characterized […]