Series | Democracy Promotion after Afghanistan

Democracy in Asia after the Pandemic | 27 April 2022 Asian democracy might be facing the ultimate storm. Illiberalism has resurged and authoritarianism is on the rise. Covid-19 has made things worse, as leaders used the pandemic to bolster their autocratic reign in the cloak of securing public health. Some Asian countries, like India, face problems from within, while others face China. However, both refrained from condemning Russia too harshly for its Ukrainian invasion.

Christophe Jaffrelot, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research at Sciences Po, and Daniela Stockmann, Professor of Digital Governance at the Hertie School, discussed the future of democracy in Asia. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School, moderated the conversation.

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Can warmongering autocrats be overthrown? | 23 March 2022 

As the European Union tries to escape Putin’s energy trap, the risk is that it turns once again to other autocrats, in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia. And while we strive to cut Putin’s war funding, do we really have the means to do so?

Dr. Louise Shelley, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and Dr. Leila Alieva, Affiliate of Russian and East European Studies at Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies, talked about where the power of warmongering autocrats comes from, and where should we look for their weak spots. Moderated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School.

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What went wrong? Discussion with Ukrainian experts | 09 March 2022 

Eight years on from Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian democracy is now literally under attack from Russia. While the international community unites behind Ukrainians defending democracy, this event looked at the road ahead. What are the perspectives for the Ukrainian reform process, especially given new opportunities (such as application for EU membership) and threats on the table? How will Ukrainian civil society respond? And how will the events have a broader significance across the region?

In this discussion, the two Ukrainian experts, Dr. Iryna Solonenko, Senior Fellow at the Center for Liberal Modernity (LibMod) in Berlin, and Orysia Lutsevych, Head of the Ukraine Forum in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, shared their insights into what these events mean for Ukraine’s future moderated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School.

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Europe, besieged fortress or democracy promoter? | 23 February 2022 

In the past decade, the EU has been shaken by security problems created by refugees from unsolved conflicts in the Middle East or Africa, the rise of Turkey and Russia as regional autocratic powers and the dissent of member states like Hungary or Poland from core EU values. How can a continent that often feels besieged stand the course in promoting its values abroad?

That was the discussion between Gerald Knaus, Founding Chairman of the European Stability Initiative, and Dr. Radwan A. Masmoudi, Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy, moderated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School.

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Are US and EU parting ways on democracy promotion? | 17 November 2021 

While the US seem increasingly uninterested in promoting democracy abroad, the Von der Leyen Commission endeavours to strengthen democracy in the European neighbourhood and beyond.

The third debate of ERCAS’ Democracy Promotion after Afghanistan series focused on the future of EU-US democracy promotion efforts, with Thomas Carothers, Interim President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Richard Youngs, Professor of international relations at the University of Warwick and Senior Fellow in Carnegie Europe’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School, moderated the discussion.

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Are autocrats beating democrats at their own game? | 27 October 2021 

The western liberal order is increasingly under stress from a new generation of “spin dictators” and Democrats find it difficult to respond.

Larry Diamond, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University, and Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics and Scientific Director of Sciences Po’s Master’s and PhD programmes, discussed how to address this emerging challenge. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School, moderated the discussion.

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Was Afghanistan’s corruption made in America? | 22 September 2021 

The recent US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan shed light on the fragility of democracy in conflict-ridden societies and the limits of nation-building abroad. A discussion is needed on how to salvage democracy promotion and not abandon democracy activists who engaged in such difficult areas.

This was the launch debate of ERCAS’ Democracy Promotion after Afghanistan series with Sarah Chayes, former advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, and Muska Dastageer, from the American University of Afghanistan, moderated by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School.

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