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  • Afghanistan’s civil society under fire0

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    • January 27, 2021

     DemDigest    January 27, 2021     NDI A slew of assassinations has struck Afghanistan, mainly targeting prominent women, journalists and other progressives. The wave of targeted killings has stoked fear among Afghan intellectuals and heightened anxiety about what the future holds in the battle-scarred country, NBC News reports:  As of Wednesday, 40 people had been killed this year, according to Afghan Peace

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  • Can the West live up to its own democratic principles?0

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    • December 2, 2020

     DemDigest    December 2, 2020     A high-level look at NATO’s next 10 years recommends significant changes to confront the new challenges of an aggressive Russia and a rising China, urging overhauls to fortify the alliance’s cohesion and to better coordinate with democratic allies around the world, the Times reports: NATO did well boosting military deterrence after the

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  • Amartya Sen’s 5 keywords – choice, capability, freedom, justice and democracy0

    DemDigest    November 5, 2020  In the harsh Machiavellian world that we live in, politics appears far too murky to come close to the normative ideal of liberal democracy that Amartya Sen holds on to and articulates with great conviction and care, says analyst Achin Chakraborty. In his new book, How to read Amartya Sen,

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  • Why democracies handle crises better than authoritarians0

    DemDigest    March 19, 2020     China Digital Times An independent democracy advocacy organization is warning that authoritarian regimes are using the global coronavirus outbreak to suppress freedoms of speech and restrict fundamental rights outside of the scope of public health needs, The Washington Times reports: The nonpartisan Washington-based Freedom House said in a statement

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  • China’s Belt-and-Road push for global sway – renewed or ‘overhyped’?0

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    • January 17, 2020

    DemDigest    January 17, 2020    As Chinese leader Xi Jinping landed in Myanmar on Friday he hoped to send a clear signal that his country is back in the driver’s seat. Having backed Myanmar, also known as Burma, while Western nations recoiled at its atrocities against the Rohingya, Xi is poised to cash in

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