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28 May 2020

Beijing has introduced a draft national security law that would bypass the Hong Kong legislature, reigniting concerns over the erosion of freedoms in the special administrative region, which triggered protests over the weekend.

Protests continue in Ecuador against the government’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, with over 2,000 protesters gathered in the capital Quito, defying government restrictions. 

In Belarus, people gathered in Minsk to protest against the rule of President Lukashenko, who is seeking his sixth term in office through the Presidential election set for 9 August,  in the largest opposition demonstration of the year. 

Costa Rica becomes the first country in Central America and the sixth in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage in a positive move for civil liberties.

Sandra Weiss writes in an article for the  International Politics and Society Journal that Latin America feels the temptation of authoritarianism in light of the COVID-19 pandemic with countries seeing a crackdown on civil liberties, increased militarisation of security forces and state surveillance.

In the article The Political Economy of Liberal Democracy, published in the Oxford Political Journal of Economy, Dr Sharun Mukand and Dr Dani Rodrik investigate the emergence of liberal democracy by looking at how inequality and identity cleavages impact the formation and survival of liberal democracies.

Robin Niblett and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri from Chatham House argue that democracies do better at surviving pandemics than other systems as they are showing the capacity for innovation and adaptation, and signs of renewal as they prepare to emerge from the crisis.


Out of Order Podcast
Post-Pandemic Order with The Atlantic’s George Parker

Derek Chollet discusses with writer George Parker what the pandemic has revealed about American leadership, drawing on Parker’s essay We are living in a Failed State published in The Atlantic. 




Webinar “EU’s New Finance Instruments: The European Peace Facility”
2 June at 2 pm CEST (via Zoom)

In this webinar, The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s (FES) Africa Department and EU Office explore the new instruments for the EU’s engagement for peace, security and democracy on the African Continent. Register here.


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