Competing views on democracy promotion efforts

Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab website recently published an article on US democracy promotion and strengthening efforts by Tomas Bridle.  Bridle is largely responding to an earlier piece by Melinda Haring, also published by Foreign Policy.  Both authors make interesting points, which I will briefly summarize, before adding some thoughts of my own. Haring contends that…

Making Politics Practical: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment

On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop entitled “Making Politics Practical: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment” (see program here).  The event was hosted by the University of Birmingham’s International Development Department, Political Studies Association’s Development Politics Group, and the Developmental Leadership Programme  (a very interesting initiative putting forward some very…