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BTI Transformation Insights

21 July 2017

Analysis and research on governance, political regimes and economic policies from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI).


SDG Index

‘My Country First’ Approach Threatens Achievement of Global Goals

Two years after the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all UN member states, G20 leaders must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising “my country first” approach by many heads of government threatens the realization of the goals. Even worse: International spillover effects caused by many industrialized countries impede many developing countries from fulfilling their obligations. read more



The End of the Multi-Ethnic Coalition?

For decades, the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional has narrowed the ethnic and religious divides in Malaysia. In the run-up to the next general elections, however, Prime Minister Najib Razak is intensifying cooperation with the Islamic party PAS, alienating large parts of his coalition and the population. read more



A Model Country Takes the Helm

The Baltic country Estonia took over the EU presidency for the second half of 2017 from the United Kingdom after Britain relinquished its scheduled six-month stint due to the Brexit vote. For the small country with an excellent track record this is a great challenge in ambiguous times. read more



Talking Truth to Turkey

How scientific analysis can help countering President Erdogan’s fake narrative of Turkey’s thriving democracy and why the European Union should reconsider its policy towards EU accession countries. read more



No Level Playing Field in Presidential Elections

Unlike in 2003 and 2010, even the semblance of a competitive electoral process has disappeared in the run-up to this year’s presidential poll in Rwanda. Filip Reyntjens looks at President Paul Kagame’s electoral campaign and the latest measures his regime is mounting against the opposition. read more


Internship Opportunity

We Are Hiring!

Are you interested in supporting us in the run-up to the BTI 2018 publication? Do you enjoy working in a dynamic and innovative environment? Do you like to push things forward by using your communication skills? Then we are looking forward to receiving your application by August 4, 2017! read more


In Our next Newsletter

The African Election Season Continues

The announcement of Angolan longtime president José Eduardo dos Santos not to stand for re-election has shaken up the country’s political scene. +++ Georgia's high-profile Birzha Mafia case in June calls into question the successful police reform, one of the country's proudest achievements, as the country seeks to get closer to the EU. +++ Civil society representatives, policy experts and elder statesmen meet in Dili, Timor-Leste, to identify best practices that strengthen democracy in Asia.


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