Dit is de Wereld: Persvrijheid in Mexico
Sponsoring student mobility as a source of authoritarian stability: the case of Kazakhstan
Asia Updates Series
Why should an authoritarian regime run the risk of sending students abroad and letting them back with a potentially destabilizing political baggage? Adele Del Sordi (UvA) discusses how contemporary authoritarian regimes manage external influences and in some cases turn them effectively into a source of political stability. She questions the assumption that globalization is bringing only challenges to autocracies. (more…)
Thursday 11th May 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Dr John Heathershaw, University of Exeter
Following independence from the Soviet Union, Central Asia’s authoritarian states have consolidated in an era of liberal globalization. The region bears witness to these contrasts. (more…)
Tuesday 9th May 2017, 16.00 – 18.00
How do interpret the result of the recent referendum in Turkey? Joost Lagendijk, former politician for political party GroenLinks in the European Parliament and Turkey expert, will zoom in on recent political trends towards Turkish authoritarianism. (more…)
Ever since the wake-up call of 2008, and with more and more Malaysians online, the ruling coalition is well aware that cyberspace is an important battleground, but chooses its battles. PHD student Kris Ruijgrok wrote an opinion piece at openDemocray about the digital battles in Malaysia. Read the article here.
Studies about the uneven presence and performance of state institutions within Latin America have flourished since the adoption of decentralization measures across the region. However, systematic comparisons across states are relatively absent. This workshop (more…)
By Kris Ruijrok.
The idea of internet as a liberation technology seems to have long gone. Whereas just after the Arab Spring many commentators spoke about ‘Facebook-protests’ and ‘Twitter-revolutions’, this time around we mainly hear about how smart authoritarian states have become in their online censorship, surveillance and internet-propaganda. (more…)
Find more information here: authoritarianism and mobility.
The brutal murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa is the latest in a long line of executions. But the international community continues to misunderstand the roots of Mexico’s political violence. Jos Bartman wrote a opinion piece in OpenDemocracy. Read here.
Afgelopen zaterdag werd de fotojournalist Ruben Espinosa (31) gemarteld en vermoord in Mexico-Stad. Hoewel Veracruz, de staat waar hij werkte, al lang bekend staat als een onveilige plek voor journalisten, is dit de eerste keer dat een gevluchte journalist uit Veracruz ook in Mexico-Stad niet veilig blijkt te zijn. (more…)