The Rise of Kleptocracy: Laundering Cash, Whitewashing Reputations

Article
January 2018

To safeguard their ill-gotten gains, kleptocrats rely on a web of transnational relationships and the complicity of Western fixers.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Autocrats versus Activists in Africa

Article
January 2018

Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.

Ethiopia: Silencing Dissent

Article
January 2016

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.

Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): Civil Society Under Assault

Article
October 2015

Once widely celebrated, civil society today is regarded as a threat by many governments, leading them to restrict its funding and activities.

Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): The Leninist Roots of Civil Society Repression

Article
October 2015

East European communists inherited the Bolshevik obsession with represing
any genuinely independent civil society groups.

The Maidan and Beyond: Finding Ukraine

Article
July 2014

Ukrainians flocked to the Maidan to express a “choice for Europe,” but they may also have forged the beginnings of a new Ukrainian identity.

The Maidan and Beyond: Who Were the Protesters?

Article
July 2014

Survey data reveal the makeup of the crowds in the Maidan and the factors that motivated them to take part in the protests.

The Maidan and Beyond: Civil Society and Democratization

Article
July 2014

Despite the spirit of participation that characterized the Maidan, organized civil society groups were not a key factor.

The Legacies of 1989: Myths and Realities of Civil Society

Article
January 2014

The changes that civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe have experienced since communism’s fall are real, but often misunderstood.

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