The Despot’s Accomplice
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
The Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum
hosted a discussion with Brian Klaas
, Fellow at the London School of Economics and Democracy Lab
contributor, on his new book, 'The Despot's Accomplice
Tunisia: In Sun and Shadow—A Special Report
Monday, 8 August 2016
It's the country often billed as the sole success story of the Arab Spring—but five years on, the reality is far more fraught. This week, Democracy Lab—a Legatum Institute project with Foreign Policy magazine—has launched a series of case studies that look at why Tunisians are still struggling to make sense of their revolution.
Authoritarianism Goes Global: The Challenge to Democracy
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
The Legatum Institute hosted a conversation with the authors of 'Authoritarianism Goes Global', a new collection of essays that presents fresh insights on the complicated issues surrounding authoritarian resurgence.
The New Nationalism: Eastern Europe Turns Right
Thursday, 18 February 2016
The young democracies of central Europe are threatened by their leaders, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow and Anton Shekhovtsov, Legatum Fellow (Prospect magazine)
Rollback: Central Europe’s Populist Tide
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Anton Shekhovtsov, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute, presented his new paper, ‘Is Transition Reversible? The Case of Central Europe’, in conversation with Anne Applebaum and Slawomir Sierakowski.
Is Transition Reversible? The Case of Central Europe
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Anton Shekhovtsov, Legatum Institute Visiting Senior Fellow, is the author of a new paper that seeks to identify patterns of illiberalism across countries in Central Europe, and offers recommendations for how to reverse these trends.
2015 Burma Elections
Monday, 9 November 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi has been the face of Burma's pro-democracy opposition for more than 20 years—5 of them spent in detention. Today, her party looks set for a landslide victory in the country's historic 2015 elections. Christian Caryl, Democracy Lab editor and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, is in Rangoon to find out how people feel towards Suu Kyi today.
Winter is Coming: A Conversation with Garry Kasparov
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host renowned democracy activist and chess master Garry Kasparov for a breakfast discussion of his upcoming book 'Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped'.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Dangerous Appeal
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The new leader of Britain’s Labour Party doesn’t much care for democratic politics, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)
Terror in Tunisia: Security, Politics, and Democratic Reform
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, presented the findings of his recent research trip examining Tunisia’s response to terrorism and the risks to both democracy and security in the country.
Thunder on the Right
Friday, 4 September 2015
Ukraine's far right is armed and angry. Can it be contained? Legatum Institute Senior Visiting Fellow, Anton Shekhovtsov, participated in a RFE/RL podcast on whether nationalist groups are out of control and risk becoming a mortal threat to the country's pro-Western authorities' efforts to establish a cohesive state and a functioning democracy.
Burma’s Moment of Truth
Monday, 27 July 2015
Burma's nascent democracy is in deep trouble—and it's time for the US to get off the fence, writes Christian Caryl, editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow.
To Cope with Terror, Tunisia Needs More Democracy
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Citizenship as an inclusive project that gives hope through shared struggle is a powerful vaccine against violent ideology, writes Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute (Middle East Eye)
Integrity Gets Great Ratings
Thursday, 9 July 2015
How Nepalese people harnessed the power of reality TV to strike a blow against corruption. Blair Glencorse and Suman Parajuli are the authors of the third case study in the Transitions Forum series, 'Curbing Corruption: Ideas That Work'.
Calling in Against Corruption
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
i official set out to prevent bureaucrats from demanding bribes for providing basic public services. The solution: citizen feedback through mobile phones. Mohammad Omar Masud
is the author of the second case study in the Transitions Forum's 'Curbing Corruption: Ideas That Work' series.
Old Political Habits in Tunisia
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Contentious politics in a strong, empowered parliament could help Tunisia prevent the consolidation of political power in the executive branch, writes Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Senior Fellow to the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum.
Asia’s Big Democracies Are Drowning in Campaign Cash
Monday, 27 April 2015
Democracy celebrated a high point last year when a combined 700 million people in India and Indonesia cast their votes in national elections. Now, as the two countries' new leaders approach the end of their first year in office, many are asking what has come of their anti-corruption promises.
India 2015: Towards Economic Transformation
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Rajiv Kumar of the Pahle India Foundation is the author of a new Transitions Forum paper which examines whether India's developing democracy can achieve rapid economic reform.
India 2015: Towards Economic Transformation
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Hosted at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, Rajiv Kumar, Indian economist and former government adviser, launched his new Transitions Forum paper, which examines whether India's developing democracy can achieve rapid economic reform.
Blueprint for Revolution
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Self-confessed “rock kid who turned to a life of activism”, Srdja Popovic, led a roundtable discussion at the Legatum Institute on how nonviolent movements can bring about democratic transitions and revolutions.
Let There Be Speech: Can Rwanda Reform Itself?
Monday, 17 November 2014
The Legatum Institute launched a new-case study 'Let There Be Speech: Reforming the Media in Rwanda' examining the media reforms made by that country’s leaders from 2010 onwards.
The Democratic Alternative: India, Brazil and South Africa (LSE IDEAS)
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Hosted by LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics, this panel will present the findings of 'Democracy Works', a project which aims to refresh the development debate and inject the voice of democratic countries from the South, with a focus on India, Brazil, and South Africa.
What the Ukrainian Public Really Thinks: A Conversation with Ambassador Mark Green
Friday, 11 April 2014
Speaking at a private breakfast at the Legatum Institute, Ambassador Mark Green, President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), discussed the results of the IRI’s latest Ukrainian opinion polls, ethno-linguistic relations between the country’s Russian—and Ukrainian—speakers, the role of the Ukrainian (social) media, and the memories on display in Maidan Square.
The Era of Democratic Transition
Monday, 24 February 2014
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host Marc F. Plattner, Co-Editor of 'Journal of Democracy' and Vice-President for Research and Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, for a lunch discussion on the recent history of global transitions, from the beginning of the ‘Third Wave’ of European transitions up until the present day.
The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions: The Case of Burma
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
As part of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Lecture Series with the National Endowment for Democracy and World Affairs, former FT journalist and Bangkok-based scholar Gwen Robinson discussed the case of Burma, where the political transition and economic reconstruction are closely entwined.
The Middle East’s Path to Democracy
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
In a discussion at the Legatum Institute Josh Muravchik, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, presented and discussed ideas from his latest book, 'The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East'.
Transitions in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
How can the Euro-Atlantic community protect democratic development in the new EU states and the Balkans while confronting aggressive authoritarianism further east? In conversation with 'The Economist's' Edward Lucas, representatives from Washington DC-based Freedom House presented their annual publication, 'Nations in Transit'.
Democracy Works: South Africa Workshop
Monday, 18 March 2013
The Legatum Institute and its partner think tanks held the second workshop of the ‘Democracy Works', this time in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Democracy Works: India Workshop
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
The Legatum Institute and its partner think tanks held the first workshop of the 'Democracy Works', a series of conferences and papers exploring the relationship between democracy and development.
The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions
Friday, 18 January 2013
A conversation with the former finance minister of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, on why tackling economic questions is essential for transitioning countries. He will share experiences from the past, and reflect on how they can help prepare for present and future challenges.
"Conflict and transition are both manifestations of failed politics"
Friday, 18 January 2013
At an event in Washington, D.C, former finance minister of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, discussed why tackling economic questions is essential for transitioning countries. He shared his experiences from the past and reflected on how they can help prepare for present and future challenges.
“South Africa needs to get its act together”
Friday, 7 December 2012
South Africa today is a country beset with challenges – a ruling party in disarray, sluggish economic growth, growing corruption. Is the ANC in terminal decline? Why is South Africa struggling to manage its global brand? Ann Bernstein, executive director at the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa, gave a talk at the Legatum Institute to answer some of these questions.
After the US Election: Democracy Challenges
Monday, 26 November 2012
Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, believes the strength of the West is crucial in reinforcing the strength of democracy.
A Renaissance for the Islamic World?
Saturday, 4 August 2012
Vali Nasr looks at the potential rejuvenation for the Islamic civilization and suggests the key to success could be through creating economic relationships on a global scale.
Can America Outwit Decline?
Friday, 3 August 2012
Robert Kagan considers if America can outwit decline and questions the constant commentary that the US can no longer do what it wants to do in the world. Well, compared to when?
The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part II
Monday, 28 May 2012
Tim Leunig argues that a democracy that works well will deliver sensible debt limits by consent, just as it will deliver sensible policies in a range of other policy areas.
The Debt Threat to Democracy: Part I
Monday, 21 May 2012
Christopher DeMuth argues that debt has become a means of pleasing and placating voters while avoiding democratic accountability.
Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World
Friday, 13 January 2012
Deirdre McCloskey, distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English and Communication at the University of Illinois, visited the Legatum Institute for a discussion of her book 'Bourgeois Dignity—Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World'.
Kenneth Minogue and The Servile Mind
Thursday, 1 December 2011
The Legatum Institute hosted author Kenneth Minogue for a discussion on his book The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life.
Five Lessons for Nations in Transition
Saturday, 5 March 2011
The Legatum Institute and Foreign Policy magazine hosted the former President of South Africa F.W. De Klerk for the launch of "Democracy Lab", a website that reports on political and economic transitions around the world.