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.
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 aim of the project International Crisis Transformation and Democratic Governance Support at a Crossroads 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 project will be carried out in conjunction with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and Brussels.