German Research Network 'External Democracy Promotion'

The German Research Network ‘External Democracy Promotion’ (EDP) brings together political scientists from Germany who work at the intersection of international relations and comparative political analysis. Their common interest lies in the range of cross-border activities of states, non-state actors and international organizations that pursue the declared aim of establishing, protecting or deepening democracy in other countries.

The EDP network, which was launched in its current form in May 2015, is coordinated by PRIF and was funded by the Leibniz Association until April 2019, builds and expands upon the discussion forum on "External Democratization Policy", which was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2010 to 2015.

In the recent funding phase (2015-2019), the network's activities and publications focused on a central but often neglected topic, namely dynamics of interaction in democracy promotion. The most important result of the joint research is a special issue in the renowned journal Democratization on "The negotiation of democracy promotion", edited by the network members Annika E. Poppe (PRIF), Julia Leininger (DIE) and Jonas Wolff (PRIF). The policy-oriented PRIF Report "Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty: Trends and Challenges", which was published in late 2018 and presented in the spring of 2019 in Berlin and Brussels, deals with current challenges to democracy promotion and possible responses. The EDP Wire regularly features shorter articles and commentaries from the EDP community.

The network is currently working on disseminating the research results from the Leibniz funding phase and exploring new research priorities and funding opportunities for the next phase. Current information can be found on its homepage and on Twitter. The projects "Dynamics of interaction in contexts of shrinking civic space", "Elections in times of shrinking and closing civic and political spaces" and the completed project "Justice Conflicts in Democracy Promotion" also engage in research on democracy promotion at PRIF.

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US Democracy Promotion after the Cold War | 2020

Poppe, Annika Elena (2020): US Democracy Promotion after the Cold War. Stability, Basic Premises, and Policy toward Egypt, London: Routledge.

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The negotiation of democracy promotion | 2019

Poppe, Annika Elena/Leininger, Julia/Wolff, Jonas (eds), (2019): The negotiation of democracy promotion. Issues, parameters and consequences, (Special issue), London: Routledge, https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fdem20/26/5.

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Delegitimation of Civil Society Organisations | 2019

Wolff, Jonas (2019): Delegitimation of Civil Society Organisations. Lessons from the Global South on “Foreign Agent” Narratives", in: European Civic Forum (ed.), Activizenship, (Vol. 3), Paris: European Civic Forum, 70-73.

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Beyond contestation | 2019

Poppe, Annika Elena/Leininger, Julia/Wolff, Jonas (2019): Beyond contestation. Conceptualizing negotiation in democracy promotion, in: Democratization, 26:5, 777-795, DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2019.1568991.

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Introduction | 2019

Poppe, Annika Elena/Leininger, Julia/Wolff, Jonas (2019): Introduction. Negotiating the Promotion of Democracy, in: Democratization, 26:5, 759-776, DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2019.1593379.

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Harmony and Resilience | 2019

Poppe, Annika Elena (2019): Harmony and Resilience. US Democracy Promotion's Basic Premises, in: Foreign Policy Analysis, 15:4, 530–547, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/isafpa/ory017.

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Negotiating Between Unequal Neighbours: India's Role in Nepal's Recent Constitution-Making Process | 2018

Bhattarai, Prakash (2018): Negotiating Between Unequal Neighbours: India's Role in Nepal's Recent Constitution-Making Process, PRIF Working Papers No. 43, Frankfurt/M.

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"Othering" Across and Beyond the Pond | 2018

Poppe, Annika Elena (2018): "Othering" Across and Beyond the Pond, PRIF Blog (Repost from AICGS blog contribution), 18.12.2018.

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Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty | 2018

EDP Network (2018): Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty. Trends and Challenges, PRIF Report 13/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Democracy Promotion in the 21st Century | 2018

Poppe, Annika Elena/Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Democracy Promotion in the 21st Century, in: Poppe, Annika Elena/Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (für das EDP Netzwerk) (eds), PRIF Report, (Vol. 13).

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Democracy Promotion and the Challenge of Shrinking Civic Spaces | 2018

Poppe, Annika Elena/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Democracy Promotion and the Challenge of Shrinking Civic Spaces, in: Poppe, Annika Elena/Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (für das EDP Netzwerk) (eds), PRIF Report, (Vol. 13).

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Democracy Promotion under the Current US Administration | 2018

Poppe, Annika Elena (2018): Democracy Promotion under the Current US Administration, in: Poppe, Annika Elena/Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (für das EDP Netzwerk) (eds), PRIF Report, (Vol. 13).

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Democracy Promotion in the Americas | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): Democracy Promotion in the Americas, in: Poppe, Annika Elena/Richter, Solveig/Wolff, Jonas (für das EDP Netzwerk) (eds), PRIF Report, (Vol. 13).

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Shrinking Spaces. Eine Herausforderung der internationalen Demokratie- und Zivilgesellschaftsförderung | 2018

Baldus, Jana/Poppe, Annika Elena/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Shrinking Spaces. Eine Herausforderung der internationalen Demokratie- und Zivilgesellschaftsförderung, in: Afrika Süd, 47:5, https://www.afrika-sued.org/ausgaben/heft-5-2018/shrinking-spaces/.

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La deslegitimación de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): La deslegitimación de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil. Reflexiones sobre las respuestas estratégicas a la acusación de "Agenta Extranjero", in: Rodríguz-Garavito, César/Gomez, Krizna (eds), Encarar el desarío populista. Un nuevo manual de estrategias para actores de derechos humanos, Bogotá: Dejusticia, 131-140, https://cdn.dejusticia.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Encarar-el-desaf%C3%ADo-populista-WEB.pdf.

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Nachhaltiger Frieden: Liberal-demokratische Friedenskonzepte unter Druck | 2018

Bethke, Felix S./Debiel, Tobias/Hartmann, Christof/Poppe, Annika Elena/Schablitzki, Jan/Wolff, Jonas (2018): Nachhaltiger Frieden: Liberal-demokratische Friedenskonzepte unter Druck, in: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)/Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)/Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH)/Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF) (Hg.), Friedensgutachten 2018, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 65-83, www.friedensgutachten.de.

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The Delegitimization of Civil society Organizations | 2018

Wolff, Jonas (2018): The Delegitimization of Civil society Organizations. Thoughts on Strategic Sesponses to the “Foreign Agent” Charge, in: Rodríguz-Garavito, César/Gomez, Krizna (eds), Rising to the Populist Challenge. A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors, Bogotá: Dejusticia, 129–137, Online.

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An Overview of Global Initiatives on Countering Closing Space for Civil Society | 2017

Baldus, Jana/Poppe, Annika Elena/Wolff, Jonas (2017): An Overview of Global Initiatives on Countering Closing Space for Civil Society, Washington, D.C.: CSIS Human Rights Initiative, www.csis.org/(...).

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The Contested Spaces of Civil Society in a Plural World | 2017

Poppe, Annika Elena/Wolff, Jonas (2017): The Contested Spaces of Civil Society in a Plural World. Norm Contestation in the Debate about Restrictions on International Civil Society Support, in: Contemporary Politics (open access), 23:4, DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2017.1343219.

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