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BTI Transformation Insights

28 January 2019

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


Post-Conflict Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

Hostility Is Still Looming

After the International Criminal Court in The Hague acquitted Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Côte d’Ivoire, of crimes against humanity and war crimes, the fear of renewed violence is growing. Can the West African country as well as neighboring Liberia still progress on the path towards a lasting peace? read more


No Peace on Earth

Conflicts Become More Intense

The number of war and assault victims was at historically low levels by the turn of the century. But in the past ten years, there has been a trend reversal towards more political violence and social tensions. Which factors are driving increasing polarization, and which countries are particularly affected? read more


Thai elections

Military Set to Retain Influence

This time round, Thailand’s elections, slated for February 2019, look like they will actually materialize. But can they rescue its troubled democracy? read more

El Salvador Decides

The Fallout of “Shithole Countries” Diplomacy

El Salvador is among the nations U.S. President Donald Trump has dubbed “shithole countries” and whose immigrants he seeks to deport as quickly as possible. But what does that mean for the Central American country which heads to the polls in February? read more

Elections in Libya

The Difficult Way Ahead

The Libya conference in Palermo has ended in a renewed push for elections in the crisis-ridden country. But is Libya really in a fit state to deliver on this commitment? read more


In Our next Newsletter

Regional Cooperation in Africa

On 10 and 11 February, African leaders meet at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To what extent has the regional organization lived up to its promises of peace, democracy and human rights? These and other questions of continental importance will be addressed by our first comprehensive BTI Africa Report.


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