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BTI Transformation Insights

22 December 2016

Analysis and research on good governance, democratic rule and sustainable economic policies from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI).

 

Rio 2016

Political Doping on the Eve of the Olympics

Hardly any other country included in the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) has been as diligent in combating corruption as Brazil. Indeed, the country’s prosecutors need all the resolve they can muster: Brazil’s political system has recently been shaken by several bribery scandals, which have contributed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. An analysis. read more

 

Latin America

Revisiting a Success Story

Solid economic growth, combined with social policies: This was the recipe for success followed by many Latin American countries like Brazil. Now, the boom in exports has ended – all at the cost of social advances made in recent years. Is it time to question previous reform policies? read more

 
 

South Sudan

World’s Youngest State Plunges into Violence

The terrorist attack in Nice and events in Turkey have pushed developments in South Sudan out of Western media headlines. Yet five years after independence, the situation in the East African state remains tense. The most recent outbreaks of violence have driven more than 10,000 South Sudanese to flee their homes. read more

Cambodia

Becoming the Sick Man of Southeast Asia?

Lack of transparency, accountability and judicial independence as well as widespread corruption seem to be unalterable elements of Cambodia’s development process. Could the reform bottleneck harm the country’s economic prospects and how far will the regime go to stay in power? read more

Iran

Euphoria Following the Nuclear Deal Passed

Four months on from the reformist victory in the double election and five months after the closing of the nuclear deal new prospects for Iran have opened up on the international stage. Yet, a climate of insecurity in the Islamic Republic remains and the country stays unpredictable. read more

India

Religious Dogma Taking Hold?

Hindu fanaticism seems to be on the rise in India with the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi turning a blind eye. Is the world’s largest democracy on a slippery slope? read more

Mongolia

Guarded Confidence in Democracy

A high court ruling on the country’s electoral system has thrown Mongolia into political turmoil. How will this affect the upcoming parliamentary elections? Will the country stay on its path towards consolidating democracy? read more

Interview

Europe's Lessons from Lebanon

Lebanon currently shelters one of the largest Syrian refugee populations in the world. Political scientist Tamirace Fakhoury talks about how her home country deals with the challenges and what Europe might learn from it. read more

 

Slovakia's EU Presidency

Putting the Fox in Charge of the Hen House?

On July 1 Slovakia took over the EU Council Presidency. Until now the government led by Prime Minister Fico refuses to assume responsibility in the refugee situation and attracted attention with islamophobic and populist comments. Is it now able to play the intermediator in Europe?  read more

 
 

EU Refugee Policy

Hiring Bullies as Bouncers

Facing record immigration numbers, the European Union has started to look into closer cooperation with governments in Africa. In the Khartoum Process, the EU intends to set the fox to keep the geese, as it is those governments’ actions that people are trying to run away from. read more

Turkey

No Future for Refugees

Despite many official claims, Turkey cannot be considered a safe country – neither for migrants nor for its own citizens. Without effective rights-based policies, agreements like the EU-Turkey deal are of no practical consequence for refugees living on the Bosporus. read more

South Africa & Brazil

Immigration Hubs Out of Steam

In the current tough economic climate in emerging economies, the need for effective migration policies is critical. Retaining home-grown skills and avoiding civil conflict are some of the greatest challenges for countries like South Africa and Brazil. read more

East African Refugees

Trapped in Yemen

Long time, Yemen was mainly a stop-over for African migrants to the Gulf states. With the war in Yemen entering its second year, migratory flows have reversed. While thousands – East Africans and Yemenis – flee the country, many remain trapped in the humanitarian and political disaster on the Arabian Peninsula. read more

Somalis in Kenya

Between Shelter and Discrimination

Many countries face the challenge of balancing  security interests and humanitarian obligations. Somalis in Kenya know that this often means discrimination and threat of expulsion. read more

Pakistan

Uneasy with Afghans

Pakistan's efforts to repatriate Afghan refugees show that the refugee problem is connected with Islamabad’s response to terrorism and with international cooperation. read more

 

BTI 2016 Recap

And the Winner is … Taiwan

Ranking at the top of the BTI Status Index, Taiwan’s transformation from an authoritarian developing country to a thriving democracy and market economy deserves special attention. What are the recipes for the island state’s political and economic success? read more

 

In Our next Newsletter

Hollow States, Rival States, and Struggling States

Should he stay or should he go? - East and Central Africans question the legitimacy of presidents rewriting the rules to stay in power. +++ How could a likely generational change within the House of Saud influence regional dynamics and especially relations with Iran? +++ Where do the leading economic powerhouses stand on the eve of the G-20 Hangzhou Summit?

 

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