The Russian Propaganda in Arabic Hidden from the West

Nadia Oweidat outlines the concerning impact of Russian narratives in Arabic social media depictions of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The messaging is overwhelmingly pro-Russian, with little to no pro-Western or pro-democracy voices. Given the propensity of leaders in the Gulf region to support authoritarian regimes, and increasing anti-Western and anti-democratic messaging over the past … Continued

How Democracies Can Respond to the Invasion of Ukraine

Laura Thornton of the German Marshall Fund considers how democracies can modify their approaches to promoting and protecting democracy in the wake of Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The war itself is about democracy, and autocrats are increasingly forging alliances and threaten democracy through the use of a “nonkinetic toolbox” of techniques such as malign … Continued

Ukraine’s EU Membership and the Geostrategy of Democratic Self-Preservation

Richard Youngs considers the changing possibilities for EU membership for the newly-dubbed Association Trio, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The war has placed their membership firmly back on the agenda of the EU, though any decision over future enlargement will require substantial considerations, and the three countries themselves recognise that there is still work to be … Continued

How Vladimir Putin provokes—and complicates—the struggle against autocracy

The Economist considers how Russia’s unjustified war in Ukraine changes the international dynamics for democracy support and fighting against authoritarianism. During the Cold War, the United States and other democracies made deals with undemocratic regimes that are looked back on unfavourably, with the current situation necessitating similarly difficult choices. The article considers possibilities for cooperation … Continued

Embracing Autocrats to Help Ukraine Is a Losing Proposition

Kenneth Roth urges governments to not cast aside the values of human rights and democracy when attempting to cooperate with autocratic regimes in response to Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine. He notes the myriad drawbacks that came with such an approach in the past, such as with the War on Terror and the Cold War, … Continued

Joint Statement by President von der Leyen and President Biden on Ukraine

On 24 March 2022, President Biden and President von der Leyen released a statement underlining the commitment of the US and EU to supporting the people of Ukraine, condemning Russian aggression, and investing in democratic resilience in Ukraine and among its neighbours. Transatlantic efforts will continue to be coordinated towards aligned sanctions, significant humanitarian relief, … Continued

Can Russia’s War on Ukraine Drive Turkey and the West to Reconcile?

Selim Yenel considers for the German Marshall Fund of the United States what the situation in Ukraine may mean for relations between Turkey and the West, in particular the European Union. Turkish and Russian interests are seldom aligned, and while Turkey has abstained from joining in sanctions it has voiced its support for Ukraine and … Continued

America Needs a Better Plan to Fight Autocracy

Anne Applebaum criticises the US and International approach to autocracies in the Atlantic, making broad recommendations for change in the new context caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Autocrats help each other globally by sharing resources and tactics in a loosely-organised group of countries rejected by the West, with the goal to confuse the truth … Continued

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