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EPD sends out a weekly democracy news update, Beyond Ballots. The updates cover democracy in the news as well as academic and policy-relevant articles on democracy assistance and development. Here you can find our latest edition and archives. You can subscribe by typing your email address into the box on the right hand side of this page.

10 January

During a third week of persistent protests, Sudan’s President al-Bashir rejected calls for his resignation against the background of escalating violence and civil unrest.

More than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs have been allowed to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the Xinjiang region.  

Following a decision to expel a UN-backed anti-corruption commission, Jimmy Morales,  Guatemala’s president, faces international condemnation. 

Renata Avila analyses data-driven electoral campaigns, private vendors and digital marketing in order to identify ways to preserve free and fair elections.

Joshua Benton presents a compilation of journalistic predictions  around the theme of fake news in 2019, questioning whether the quality of information will improve or not.

The Economist Intelligence Unit releases the latest edition of their Democracy Index, which assesses the global state of democracy in 2018 and includes findings and regional trends.



Democracy in crisis: what to watch in 2019 

The Council on Foreign Relations’ James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Brooking’s Constanze Stelzenmuller to reflect on democratic backsliding and rising nationalism.

Resilient democracy – a strong and diverse civil society

On 2 February, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a public hearing on the role of civil society organisations as stabilisers of democracy.

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