A New ‘Step’ in Armenia: A Cause for Hope or Concern?

Photo: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan leads "Take a Step, Reject Serzh" campaign. (Photo by Yerevantsi via Wikimedia) By Aleksandra Zaytseva A day before “Victory Day”, on May 8th, former newspaper editor, MP, and political prisoner, Nikol Pashinyan, was elected interim Prime Minister of Armenia, 59-to-42, in a historic exchange of power. This peaceful cessation of power... Continue Reading →

The Swamp of Taiwan’s Transitional Justice

By Yufei Zhang. A Bill Facing Polarization On December 5th, 2017, Taiwan's legislature passed a bill of transitional justice, which is following a set of similar policies issued by the governing party—DPP. According to the law, a powerful committee, under the Premier, will be established to investigate thoroughly and, then, re-evaluate Taiwan's authoritarian past, which covers... Continue Reading →

Civil Society’s Hidden Threat

Monica O’Hearn Overall, 2017 was a poor year for safeguarding the rights of civil society organizations (CSOs). Several countries passed draconian legislation designed to attack and stifle civil society by delegitimizing CSOs.Restrictions on civil society, which represents the collective interests of citizens, ultimately leads to a poor enabling environment for citizen engagement, one where the... Continue Reading →

The Renewal of South African Democracy

Photo: South African President Cyril Ramophosa (L) shakes former President Jacob Zuma's (R) hand at a farewell reception for President Zuma. Photo credit: South African Government By Kwadwo A. Boateng Jacob Zuma’s presidency has ended, leaving behind a devastated economy. South Africans are eager to have a transparent government, and anti-corruption reform. The country now... Continue Reading →

Trump’s New Sanctions Policy: Russia First

By Aleksandra Zaytseva On Monday, January 29th, two big announcements came out of Washington. First, the U.S. Treasury Department released a “name and shame” list of 210 Russian officials and business people, as had been mandated by a law passed earlier this year. Second, an official from the White House promptly announced that the administration... Continue Reading →

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