Entries by ClubMadrid

NGD Wider Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia Roundtable – 2-3 June, Stockholm

Democratic trends and challenges are broadly common to many European and other countries: intensification of bottom-up citizens’ activism, disillusionment of public opinion with the ability of governments to deliver on their expectations and with elites perceived as distant from people’s concerns, the difficult balance between long-term gain and short-term pain and the considerable growth of economic […]

Democracy’s “Fourth” Wave?

The exportation of the “Western model of democracy” is no longer a path to a potential expansion of democracy. The frustrated Arab spring and the uprising of the Islamic State have proved that the emergence of a new wave of democracy is unlikely – although not impossible in the near future. Thomas Carothers, from the […]


We have interviewed some of the Next Generation Democracy (NGD) experts about their views and findings on democratic trends in different regions of the world. In this gallery, you will find brief videos with some highlights from their thoughts, what we call NGD Bites. NGD facilitates a discussion on the state and future of democracy […]

VIDEO: Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?

The past few years have marked the beginning of a tumultuous period for global governance. Across the world, we have seen threats to international order and a disruption of longstanding political norms and values as authoritarians get smarter and persist undeterred. With authoritarianism on the rise in many of the world’s most strategically important regions, […]

Is Democracy in Decline? by Larry Diamond

Is Democracy in Decline? Remarks to the Club of Madrid Meeting, Florence, Nov 24, 2014 By Larry Diamond   We are now four decades into the third wave of global democratic expansion that began with the Portuguese Revolution in 1974. Any assessment of the state of global democracy today must begin by recognizing its impressive […]

PUBLICATION: Next Generation Democracy Looking Forward

Between the 23rd and the 25th of November 2014, under the framework of the Next Generation Democracy Project (NGD), the Club de Madrid and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) partnered to facilitate a policy dialogue -“Democracy and Human Rights in Decline? A Call to Action”- hosted by the […]