Saskia Brechenmacher

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Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
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Saskia Brechenmacher is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and a fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where her research focuses on gender, civil society, and democratic governance.
 

Education

BA, Brown University
MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

Languages

English; French; German; Russian

 

Saskia Brechenmacher is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and a fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where her research focuses on gender, civil society, and democratic governance.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Brechenmacher worked as a graduate researcher at the World Peace Foundation in Boston, and co-led a research project on corruption and state legitimacy in Uganda for the Institute for Human Security at Tufts University.

She has advised major governmental and private funders on strategies to protect and defend civic space in countries experiencing democratic backsliding. Her writing has been published in the National Interest, the Hill, New America Weekly, Open Democracy, and elsewhere. 

Brechenmacher is a graduate of Carnegie’s James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, a 2017 Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader, and a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. She also gained experience at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in London, and the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague.

  • Residents pass an Afghan flag flying on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
    August 18, 2021 Русский
    Afghanistan Under the Taliban

    Experts from throughout Carnegie’s global network assess the stark humanitarian toll, the regional ramifications, and the diplomatic challenges posed by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

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  • Op-Ed Ms. Magazine July 22, 2021
    How to Build On the Generation Equality Forum

    In June 2021, thousands of gender equality advocates convened—online and offline—at the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering organized by U.N. Women and co-hosted by Mexico and France. The forum was the biggest international conference for gender equality since the landmark 1995 Beijing Conference.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy March 2, 2021
    Representation Isn’t Enough

    Statistically speaking, there has never been a better time to be a woman in politics. Optimists point to the growing number of female elected leaders as a sign of progress; last year, more women served as parliamentarians, ministers, and heads of state than ever before.

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  • Tackling Online Abuse and Disinformation Targeting Women in Politics
    Article November 30, 2020
    Tackling Online Abuse and Disinformation Targeting Women in Politics

    Worldwide, women in politics are frequent targets of abuse and threats online, but social media companies and governments are not doing nearly enough to combat it.

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  • Women’s Political Exclusion: A Secondary Pandemic Risk?
    Article November 17, 2020 Español
    How the Coronavirus Risks Exacerbating Women’s Political Exclusion

    Women participating in politics have navigated unique challenges and opportunities from the coronavirus pandemic. Governments around the world should take these steps to safeguard women’s political inclusion during the pandemic and beyond.

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  • Israelis light flash lights as they protest at an Anti-Corruption rally under coronavirus restrictions in Rabin Square on April 19, 2020 in Tel Aviv, Israel
    Article April 21, 2020
    Civil Society and the Coronavirus: Dynamism Despite Disruption

    The coronavirus is catalyzing new forms of civic activism. International supporters of civil society should step up their efforts to bolster these local responses.

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  • Political Parties Weren’t Made For Women — That Needs to Change
    Op-Ed apolitical March 25, 2020
    Political Parties Weren’t Made For Women—That Needs to Change

    Women’s political participation is not only a human right, but also key for sustainable development and a thriving democracy.

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  • Breaking the Cycle of Gender Exclusion in Political Party Development
    Paper March 24, 2020
    Breaking the Cycle of Gender Exclusion in Political Party Development

    Women around the world face especially high hurdles to participating in political parties. But political transitions are moments to break patterns of exclusion. Why do some parties that form in these transitional periods establish rules and norms that promote women’s participation, while others do not?

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  • Civic Freedoms Are Under Attack. What Can Be Done?
    Q&A October 29, 2019
    Civic Freedoms Are Under Attack. What Can Be Done?

    Civic space—the fundamental freedoms that allow people to gather, communicate, and take part in groups to influence society and politics—is the bedrock of any democracy. But it is increasingly vulnerable.

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  • Defending Civic Space: Is the International Community Stuck?
    Paper October 22, 2019
    Defending Civic Space: Is the International Community Stuck?

    As space for civil society continues to close, the international community must redouble its efforts to defend the right of civic activists to hold governments around the world accountable.

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  • Closing the Gender Gap
    Scholars Strategy Network April 4, 2018
    Closing the Gender Gap

    The United States has fallen behind in women’s political representation, but some European practices may offer a solution.

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  • Insight: Abebe Gellaw With Saskia Brechenmacher on Civil Society Under Attack
    ESAT Ethiopia August 30, 2017
    On Civil Society Under Attack

    Governments are increasingly taking steps to shrink civil space and restrict the operations of civil society organizations. Both local operators and international actors must consider a response.

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