Russia will greet visitors from around the world with traditional hospitality when the 2014 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Sochi. For Russians themselves, however, life has become decidedly less open. The current release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) rates the country as an autocracy for the first time – for limiting basic democratic rights, among other reasons.
Series on Russia: Special Feature: Russia – Did you know that …?
The 2014 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and Sochi is getting ready for the big event. A few days before the first starting gun sounds, everyone in the Russian city on the Black Sea is focused on sports. We, however, are taking a closer look at the country located in northeast Eurasia that will host the games.
Secrets of Transformation: Liberia further along in fighting corruption than Ukraine
Liberia is the winner when it comes to fighting corruption – Ukraine, the loser. That fact is made clear by the second part of the Internet series "Secrets of Transformation," the Deutsche Welle multimedia project that uses figures from the latest release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index.
Interview: "Making Governance Innovations Travel"
The SGI project will enter phase three and publish new indicators in 2014. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Najim Azahaf of SGI talk about the upcoming release of the SGI, the creation of a Learning Network for Governance Innovations and what the financial crisis reveals about governments' capacity for reform.
Asia Policy Brief: On the Road to Democracy? Political Liberalization in Myanmar
Myanmar is currently at a critical juncture. The liberalizing reforms initiated by President Thein Sein after taking office in March 2011 are raising high hopes of peace and democracy in the country. Progress, after nearly three years, has however been uneven. The new issue of Bertelsmann Stiftung's Asia Policy critically assesses the situation.
Multimedia Series: Bertelsmann Stiftung and Deutsche Welle present global change's winners and losers
Global transformation produces winners and losers – as the latest release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) makes clear. "Secrets of Transformation," a series produced by Deutsche Welle, shows how people in developing and transition countries experience global change.
Daring to Trust: Conference on German-Chinese relations
For two days, more than 100 participants from different academic fields discussed possibilities for promoting mutual understanding between China and Germany. Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, together with the foundation’s chairman and CEO, Aart De Geus, met with the Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu in Beijing.
Forum: Asia-Europe Young Leaders Forum 2012
Crowded streets, honking cars and large crowds characterize the rapidly growing metropolis of New Delhi, the location of the Asia-Europe Young Leaders Forum (YLF) in October 2012. The Indian capital demonstrates why demographic change is an important challenge and therefore a suitable topic for the YLF.
Magnet China: China and Germany’s push and pull factors
The Magnet China dialogue series, a community project of Bertelsmann Stiftung, Körber Foundation and Robert Bosch Foundation, discussed both the factors that drew China and Germany together, but also those that kept them apart.