Open Society threats
The recent wave of democratization in countries of the former Soviet
Union has reopened an examination about the effective role of civil
society in such transitions. With increasing authoritarian trends in
some environments (Russia, Kazakhstan) and reinforced despotism in
others (Belarus, Uzbekistan), policy level consideration on the
contributing factors influencing open society is of great importance.
Research undertaken by this working group attempts to examine social
change within specific country contexts and provide policy
recommendations aimed at the promotion of democratic governance, human
rights, and economic, legal, and social reform within these societies.
Fellow projects in 2005: