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General news and activity relating to the CEU Democracy Institute.

Andrea Peto Recognized by University of Oslo for Her Work on Scientific Freedom

Our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto received the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award for her defense of academic freedom and institutional autonomy. The award is given annually for personal efforts and active involvement in one or more areas related to human rights issues in a broad sense.

DI Launches Project on Re-engaging Civic Organizations for Strengthening Democracy

We are happy to announce the launch of our new “Re-engaging Civic Organizations for Democracy in the Age of Disruptive Social Media” project, led by our Senior Research Fellow Balazs Vedres.

Brazil and Democracy After Bolsonaro

Our panelists analyzed the results of the presidential elections in Brazil and what awaits for the country in the midst of distrust in democratic institutions and a highly polarized media environment.

DI Launches New Project on Organized Religion and Democratic Backsliding

In collaboration with Hertie School and EUI, we are happy to announce the launch of our new project, entitled Organized Religion, Constitutions and Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe (ReLiCon).

Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025: Civil Society Monitoring Reports on New National Roma Strategies Published

Roma civil society’s monitoring reports assessing new national strategies for Roma equality, inclusion, and participation are now published within the EU-wide Roma Civil Monitor initiative.

EP CULT Committee Visited CEU

They met the university’s Pro-Rector for Foresight and Analysis Eva Fodor, our Co-Directors Laszlo Bruszt and Renata Uitz, and our Research Affiliate Gabor Klaniczay.

DI and European Forum Alpbach Host Thomas Carothers and Ivan Krastev

In a first-time collaboration, the CEU Democracy Institute and European Forum Alpbach presented the discussion “Comparing Right-Wing Illiberalism in the United States and Europe—and Beyond.”

DI Mourns the Passing of Julia Szalai

We will always remember our colleague for her academic brilliance, moral unassailability, and warm collegiality.

Renata Uitz Presented Her Ongoing Research

In her presentation our Co-director Renata Uitz talked about her ongoing research project Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe.

New Book by Zsuzsanna Szelenyi

The new book of Zsuzsanna Szelenyi, Program Director of the CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy, entitled Tainted Democracy, offers accessible, nuanced insights into the global rise of populist autocracy, and how it can be challenged.