To safeguard their ill-gotten gains, kleptocrats rely on a web of transnational relationships and the complicity of Western fixers.
Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.
Ethiopia’s ruling party has long been tightening its grip, using antiterrorism laws and harsh restrictions on media and civil society to silence voices critical of the regime.
Once widely celebrated, civil society today is regarded as a threat by many governments, leading them to restrict its funding and activities.
East European communists inherited the Bolshevik obsession with represing
any genuinely independent civil society groups.
Ukrainians flocked to the Maidan to express a “choice for Europe,” but they may also have forged the beginnings of a new Ukrainian identity.
Survey data reveal the makeup of the crowds in the Maidan and the factors that motivated them to take part in the protests.
Despite the spirit of participation that characterized the Maidan, organized civil society groups were not a key factor.
The changes that civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe have experienced since communism’s fall are real, but often misunderstood.