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BTI Transformation Insights

8 February 2018

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

 

Pyeongchang 2018

Peaceful Olympics amid Thawing Tensions

On 9 February the Pyeongchang Olympics will be opened. This means that South Korea will be the first country examined by the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) to host both summer and winter games. We fact-check the 2018 Olympics through the looking glass of selected criteria and indicators of our index, which will be published in March. read more

 

Belt and Road Initiative

Money Can’t Buy You Love – but Influence, Apparently

China under Xi Jinping is deeply concerned with its global status and standing and aims to regain its deserved place on the global stage. This has dramatic consequences not only for China but for the rest of the world. read more

 

Yemen

Regional Proxy War: Deadly Interferences

Yemen is suffering one of the world’s largest humanitarian catastrophes. To resolve it, it is necessary to look beyond the national conflict. read more

Moldova

European Integration on Hold

In late November, the leaders of the European Union met with six Eastern Partnership countries in Brussels to review what has been achieved since their last summit in 2015. A matter of concern was the former symbol of hope: Moldova. read more

Ethiopia’s Accelerating Crisis

Race to the Bottom

An economy in free fall, ever-deepening repression, a deteriorating security, inter-ethnic violence, and a vicious infighting within the ruling party – Ethiopia is on the cusp of political explosion. read more

 

Brazil

The Drama of Unpredictability

Uncertainty about the 2018 presidential elections, which will be held in October, weigh heavily on Brazil. A court decision may cost former president Lula da Silva his candidacy. read more

 

In Our next Newsletter

BTI 2018 to Be Published Soon

How do transitional and developing countries perform in terms of democracy, a market economy and governance? Which trends have shaped the political landscape in the past two years, and how are they interrelated? Read more in our 129 country reports, 7 regional reports and global analysis produced by an excellent network of 300 experts worldwide. New BTI data and reports are to be released on 20 March 2018.

 

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