Why Anti-LGBTQ Attacks Matter for Democracy

Ari Shaw notes the lack of meaningful discussion during the Summit for Democracy about how democratic backslide has been accompanied by an increase in attacks on LGBTQIA+ people and the strategic use of anti-LGBT rhetoric by authoritarian forces. Mr Shaw and his colleagues with the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law published a study … Continued

The EU’s Eastern Enlargement and Differentiated Democracy Support

Irakli Sirbiladze and Elena Ventura consider the EU’s approach in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and make recommendations, grounding their observations in political and practical considerations regarding the changed landscape with Russia’s war in Ukraine and the EU’s recent decision to respond positively to Moldova, Ukraine, and—with qualifiers—Georgia’s membership applications. In Ukraine, while significant progress has … Continued

How Can Europe Help the Next Phase of the Summit for Democracy?

By Richard Youngs and Ken Godfrey With contributions from Thomas Carothers, Nic Cheeseman, Jakub Klepal, Julia Leininger, Kirsten Meijer, Lisbeth Pilegaard, Anthony Smith, Antonella Valmorbida Leaders agreed that the Summit for Democracy process will continue to improve coordination among democracies. If the EU is to prove its credibility and effectiveness, concrete actions are needed in … Continued

Summit for Democracy Impact Analysis and Reflections Published

International IDEA has published an analysis of the setup of the Second Summit, the state of implementation of past democracy commitments, the new commitments made by participating countries, and the level of inclusion of civil society and Democracy Cohorts at the summit. The Report also presents recommendations which could pave the way for stronger connectivity, … Continued

International IDEA support to the Summit for Democracy 2021-2023

International IDEA views the Summit for Democracy as a strategic opportunity to place democracy at the front and centre of the global agenda. The war in Ukraine underscores, even more, the need for democracies to stand united in the face of authoritarian threats. International IDEA has therefore developed a strategic engagement programme (2021-2023) around the … Continued

Summit for Democracy Cohorts Analysis Published

International IDEA has published an analysis of Democracy Cohort an overview of the purpose, work and outputs of the 16 Democracy Cohorts established or announced by February 2023 in the context of the Summit for Democracy organised by the US Government. The main contribution of the Democracy Cohorts to the Summit for Democracy process is … Continued

Reassessing Southern EU Democracy Support: The Security Dilemma

Erin Jones considers the approach taken by Southern EU Member States (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) to democracy support, including analysis of their commitments made at the Summit for Democracy. The article is part of the European Democracy Hub initiative run by Carnegie Europe and the European Partnership for Democracy. The article concludes that while on first … Continued

Sweden EU Presidency and the Democracy Agenda

The EU has traditionally been one of the world’s staunchest advocates of democracy, but major changes have affected the global democracy landscape recently. With the support of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, International IDEA led an analysis of the EU’s external democracy policy. The project’s recommendations stem from consultations with civil society in several … Continued

Democratic Innovations From Around the World: Lessons for the West

Richard Youngs and Ken Godfrey, as part of the European Democracy Hub initiative run by Carnegie Europe and the European Partnership for Democracy, categorise distinctive types of citizen participation from around the world and consider their policy implications. The Western model of selection-based mini-publics is often considered the “gold standard” for participation, since citizens have … Continued

Rule of law continues five-year decline, but bright spots emerge

Ted Piccone analyses the largely negative global trends regarding the rule of law for the Brookings Institution. The rule of law globally is in decline for the fifth straight year, notably due to growing authoritarian tendencies, such as weakened checks and balances, rising impunity, and declines in fundamental rights. However, Europe is a major exception … Continued

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