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Private Donors Need to Be More Involved

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The recent pushback against American financing of democracy groups from leaders in Russia, Egypt and elsewhere should prompt Americans to craft new strategies, rather than leading to a retreat. Investments in civil organizations can pay off substantially. A study examining 67 different political transitions over three decades found that nonviolent civic forces from inside countries produced the most pressure that led to sustainable democratic transitions.

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This article was originally published in Room for Debate.

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