The 2008 Freedom House Survey: A Third Year of Decline

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April 2009

Although 2008 was marked by democratic setbacks as well as authoritarian “pushback” against reformers, democracy remains the only system of government that commands global respect.

Religion and Democracy

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April 2009

The secularization hypothesis has failed, and failed spectacularly. We must find a new paradigm to help us understand the complexities of the relationship between religion and democracy.

Kosovo: Independence and Tutelage

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April 2009

In February 2008, Kosovo broke away from Serbia and declared its independence. But to what extent is it making progress toward its goals of sovereignty and democracy?

Debating the Color Revolutions: Necessary Distinctions

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January 2009

Western pressure can be decisive, but it is not always easy to forecast when and how it will be applied.

Debating the Color Revolutions: An Interrelated Wave

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January 2009

Authoritarian weakness alone cannot explain why the mobilization process during the color revolutions assumed similar forms across varied contexts.

Debating the Color Revolutions: Getting Real About "Real Causes"

Article
January 2009

Structure, agency, and process all are critical in explaining the uneven pattern of electoral change in postcommunist Europe and Eurasia.

Can Cuba Change? Ferment in Civil Society

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January 2009

The opposition within Cuba has become more diverse as well as more unified, and the regime, despite its enduring capacity for repression, is showing signs of underlying weakness.

Can Cuba Change? Tensions in the Regime

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January 2009

Although the transfer of power from Fidel to Raúl has been relatively uneventful, potential divisions within the ruling elite, especially between the military and the Party, are likely to emerge before too long.

Illiberal Resilience in Serbia

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January 2009

Serbia has become a country where political contention is vigorous, but illiberal forces have shown an ability to adapt to the new conditions.

Democracy Assistance: Political vs. Developmental?

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January 2009

Democracy-aid providers are moving away from one-size-fits-all strategies and are adapting their programs to diverse political contexts. Two distinct overall approaches to assisting democracy have emerged in response.

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