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The D10 is dead, long live the … Network of Liberty? (Mercedes Page, The Interpreter)

After meeting Australian counterparts in the morning, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss delivered an address to the Lowy Institute on Friday which outlined how the United Kingdom will work with partners to build a global “Network of Liberty” to stand up for freedom and push back against increasing threats to international security. Truss first outlined the Network of Liberty […]

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How Democracy Can Defeat Autocracy (Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch)

The conventional wisdom these days is that autocracy is ascendant and democracy is on the decline. But the superficial appeal of the rise-of-autocracy thesis belies a more complex reality—and a bleaker future for autocrats. As people see that unaccountable rulers prioritize their own interests over the public’s, the popular demand for rights-respecting democracy remains strong. […]

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HRW Urges Democratic Leaders ‘To Do Better’ In Face Of Authoritarian Rise (HRW)

Human Rights Watch says the world’s democratic leaders need “to do better” in meeting global challenges if they are to build momentum in toppling autocrats after a wave of protests against authoritarian rule last year. HRW Urges Democratic Leaders ‘To Do Better’ In Face Of Authoritarian Rise (rferl.org)

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Technology and the Global Struggle for Democracy (Manuel Muñiz, Project-Syndicate)

With many democracies reeling from the disruptive effects of new technologies, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future of political systems built on individual freedom and political agency. Yet it is still fully within democratic countries’ power to decide which technologies they do and do not want. Technology and the Global Struggle for […]

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The “democracy” debate in China (Antara Ghosal Singh, ORF)

The US President Joe Biden’s Democracy Summit held on 9th–10th December triggered an intense debate on democracy in China. China’s State Council Information Office released the “Democracy in China” white paper on 4 December, followed by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs releasing the white paper “The State of Democracy in the United States” on 5 […]

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What constitutes democracy is for actual democracies to define (Harsh V. Pant, ORF)

India has a role no less important than America’s in exposing the falsehood of Chinese claims on representative governance What constitutes democracy is for actual democracies to define | ORF (orfonline.org)

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Democracy’s Vital Tasks (Javier Solana, Project-Syndicate)

Rather than emphasizing their ideological differences with other countries, democracies should instead recognize their responsibility to themselves and the world. In particular, free societies must now address two critical, overdue tasks in order to revive their domestic and international legitimacy. Democracy’s Vital Tasks by Javier Solana – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Commitment to democracy must remain independent of geopolitics (Maiko Ichihara, East Asia Forum)

South and Southeast Asia have experienced a sharp decline in liberal democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the pretext of combating COVID-19, the Philippines and Thailand have suppressed freedom of speech, while Indonesia has concentrated power in the hands of government. India has promoted a COVID-19 tracking application that violates personal privacy while the military coup […]

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How can digital government advance global development and democracy? (George Ingram and Meagan Dooley, Brookings)

Digital technology was a reoccurring theme last week at the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy on “defending against authoritarianism, addressing and fighting corruption, promoting respect for human rights.” COVID-19 has highlighted how central digital capabilities are for all aspects of life—work, health, education, commerce, and government. Digital infrastructure and government services are no longer just nice to […]

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Securing Democracy from Illicit Finance: Strengthening the First Mile (Tom Keatinge, Maria Sofia Reiser, RUSI)

Kleptocracy undermines democracy. Bolstering the capacity of journalists and civil society to respond to it at its source must be a central priority of the international community. Securing Democracy from Illicit Finance: Strengthening the First Mile | Royal United Services Institute (rusi.org)

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Group politics under guise of democracy is trampling on true spirit of democracy: Chinese FM (Global Times)

The US and some Western countries have, for a long time, described China as an “undemocratic country.” But this labelling is a result of their arrogance and prejudice against other civilizations, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrote in an article published in state media People’s Daily on Sunday. Group politics under guise […]

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Digital democracies and virtual frontiers: How do we safeguard democracy in the 4IR? (Samir Saran, ORF)

Over a decade ago, the Arab Spring powered by social media levelled the divide – even if briefly – between the Palace and the Street. The Age of Digital Democracy was upon us. Technology has since become the mainstay of civic activism. Not only are more voices heard, elected governments are also more responsive to […]