This panel examines the quality of democracy in Greece and Russia with an emphasis on institutional strength and human rights. Two authors focus on the status of gender mainstreaming in the Philipines and India. Another author focuses on how civil-military relations influence NATO's ability to respond to hybrid threats. The final paper explores the military's persistent influence in the political life of Thailand. Together these papers look at developments in civil society and democratic institutions with an eye toward considering the military's role and the impact on national security and national development.