International Crisis Transformation and Democratic Governance Support at a Crossroads
International Politics and Global Issues

International Crisis Transformation and Democratic Governance Support at a Crossroads

Following the end of the Cold War, there was a surge in support for international democracy building, which was furnished with the corresponding financial and human resources. To many of those involved, it seemed that public and private players in Western nations had unlimited possibilities to influence the transformation processes in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. In light of the challenging and somewhat chaotic political situation and weak state institutions in the recipient countries, the support of civil society became the mantra of many international players in the 1990s. But countless multilateral, state, and private institutions also worked to foster the rule of law, political parties, and independent media.

Three decades after upheaval began in the societies of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, the impact of this support remains unclear in many instances. Not even the introduction of comprehensive evaluation processes by those behind the measures or in-depth discussions between those involved were able to shed much light on the situation. At the same time, the many years of support in the aforementioned regions are now cited as examples of good practice in a new set of countries, such as those in North Africa or Southeast Asia.

The Project
The aim of the project is to study and compare the effect of democracy building in transformation societies in different parts of the world using practical examples and to develop recommendations for private and public players.

The members of the group come from transformation countries at various stages of the transition to peaceful societies. They are located in unstable and conflicted regions of the world.

As part of the project, the expert committee of experienced practitioners and analysts from non-Western and emerging democracies will exchange experiences, draw parallels and pinpoint differences, and make concrete recommendations to Western decision-makers and experts in democracy building while taking into account the ever-changing international context.

The project will be carried out in conjunction with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and Brussels.


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Thomas Carothers
Phone: +1 202 939-2260

Contact at the Foundation

Henry Alt-Haaker
Phone: +49 (0)30 220025-322