Latin America: Democracy with Development

Latin America’s hard-won democratic gains must be defended by addressing he economic disparities fueling a drift toward populism.


Democracy Support and Development Aid: The Elusive Synthesis

The lines between the development-aid and democracy-aid communities have been blurring, in terms of both organizational boundaries and activities on the ground, but the convergence is far from complete.


Democracy Support and Development Aid: The Case for Principled Agnosticism

The development community now agrees with the democracy community that politics matters, but the two communities still differ in their understanding of what drives changes in institutions.


Democracy Support and Development Aid: Getting Convergence Right

Development specialists and democracy-support experts should recognize—and maximize—each other’s relative strengths and comparative advantages.


Liberation vs. Control: The Future of Cyberspace

Are technologies giving greater voice to democratic activists in authoritarian societies, or more powerful tools to their oppressors?


The Upsurge of Religion in China

Religion in various forms is burgeoning in the PRC today, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party cannot decide what to make of it—or do about it.


Yemen’s Multiple Crises

Yemen today finds itself gripped by a set of crises that threatens its very unity as a country. Only a turn toward democratic dialogue offers a way out.


Success Stories from “Emerging Africa”

A group of countries in sub-Saharan Africa are showing they can sustain economic growth, reduce poverty, and achieve better governance at the same time.


The Meanings of Democracy: Anchoring the “D-Word” in Africa

Efforts to do comparative research on political attitudes have been complicated by varying understandings of “democracy.” The Afrobarometer is exploring new techniques to overcome this difficulty.


The Meanings of Democracy: Solving an Asian Puzzle

Over the years, the Asian Barometer Survey has yielded some surprising results. A new typological analysis helps to make sense of them.


The Meanings of Democracy: The Shadow of Confucianism

How can Chinese claim strongly to support both democracy and their authoritarian regime? The answer may lie in a Confucian concept of democracy.


The Meanings of Democracy: What Arabs Think

Arabs express a clear preference for democracy, which they define in ways similar to citizens elsewhere in the world. But their authoritarian regimes are not listening.


African Elections as Vehicles for Change

Since the return of multipartism in sub-Saharan Africa, open-seat elections have been the most likely to yield opposition victories, suggesting that term limits may significantly contribute to democratic consolidation.


Reformism vs. Populism in the Philippines

May 2010, Benigno Aquino III bested a crowded field to win the presidency. The election, which was remarkably clean and orderly, gave a clear victory to the reformist narrative that has long vied with populism in the Philippines.


Books in Review: The Authoritarian Challenge

A review of Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How It Is Still Imperiled by Azar Gat.


Election Watch

Reports on recent elections in Burundi, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Slovakia, and the Solomon Islands.


Documents on Democracy

  • Excerpts from remarks by Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, given on July 3 at a high-level meeting to mark the tenth anniversary of the the founding of the Community of Democracies.
  • An excerpt from the June 30 inaugural address of Benigno S. (Noynoy) Aquino III, who was elected president of the Philippines on May 10.