The coauthor of the seminal work on democratic transitions sets the record straight on what the scholarly literature actually says.
The notion of countries being on the “path to democracy” remains valid unless and until they come up with a systemic alternative to democracy.
Democracy promotion is a cause-oriented mission, but a good deal of hard-headed realism goes into program planning and work.
A leading democracy specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development defends his organization’s approach.
The author of “The End of the Transition Paradigm” responds to each of his critics in turn.
Is the field of Middle East studies as badly flawed as some critics charge? A fair-minded look at the last 10 or 15 years of research suggests otherwise.
Middle Eastern autocracies rely ever more on repression of both their Islamist and secular critics, and therefore increasingly fear that any opening will be uncontrollable. Is there a way out?
While many experts recommend postponing democratization pending the rise of a middle class, a directly political strategy may well be better.