Monday Democracy Briefs
To follow are some of the latest stories and headlines addressing democracy (and the failure of) movements throughout the world:
US’ Best Soft Power Tool – Cultural Exchange
Foreign Policy’s Ilya Lozovsky profiles the United States’ best soft power tool: a democracy promotion program with an uncertain future – the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
The IVLP is part of the U.S. Department of State and promotes cultural exchange through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
Turkey Moves Away From Democracy
Writing in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, A. Kadir Yildirim exposes Turkish President Erdogan’s patronage network and its role in supporting his increasingly authoritarian rule.
Esra Sardag at the Center for American Progress explains why the Turkish government’s failure to help the Kurds of Kobani has become a political flashpoint.
Ahead Of Elections, Afghans Are Optimistic About Future
According to a new survey from Democracy International, there is a growing confidence about their political institutions, as well as an optimism about the future of their country and of their government.
“However, at the same time, Afghans recognized significant flaws in the 2014 electoral process and there is a strong call for electoral reform. Ninety-two percent of Afghans believe there is a need for electoral reform before holding parliamentary elections. The survey also reveals successes in recent civic education efforts and identifies opportunities for improvement,” DI reports.