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BTI Transformation Insights

20 December 2019

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


Anti-Corruption Legislation

Korea’s Anti-Corruption Efforts an Inspiration for Other Countries

South Korea has recently strengthened its anti-corruption policy. The BTI and other international benchmarks note that institutional changes such as the Kim Young-ran Act are now bearing fruit. There has been less success in curbing corruption and influence peddling by big business groups. read more


Selected BTI Blog Highlights from 2019


Constitutional Reform in Egypt

More Time for al-Sisi, More Power for the Military

Next week, the Egyptian constitution will most likely be modified. The planned changes would allow President Abdelfattah al-Sisi to remain in office until 2034. In addition, the military is to be placed de facto above the constitution and the independence of the judiciary is to be curtailed. read more

"New Walls"

Militarizing Borders in Europe

What has become of the hope for freedom in a borderless world, thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? Instead of disappearing, more and more hard border fortifications arise. — Lead article of our “New Walls” series. read more

Caucasus Politics

Why the Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh Could Heat Up Again

The honeymoon is over for Armenia’s popular prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan. In addition to a series of problems at home, he has no choice but to deal with a perennial headache: the three-decades-old conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which dates back to the last years of the Soviet Union in 1988. read more


Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We wish you, our partners and readers, wonderful Christmas holidays and a happy, successful, and peaceful new year. We would like to particularly thank several hundred country experts for their immeasurable input, devotion and patience with the large-scale collaborative BTI effort. We look forward to releasing our 2020 edition in March, including the first ever BTI reports on Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste and Trinidad and Tobago. We would like to thank you for your continued interest in our work and look forward to continuing our exchanges in 2020.


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