Illiberal Resilience in Serbia

Article
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?

Article
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.

Hong Kong's Democrats Hold Their Own

Article
January 2009

A decade after the handover of their city to China, Hong Kong’s “pandemocrats” remain able to stand their ground at the ballot box.

Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy: Why Democracies Fail

Article
October 2008

Many of today’s developing-world and postcommunist democracies are at risk of reversal. What are the key factors that lead to democratic collapse?

Pakistan After Musharraf: The Media Take Center Stage

Article
October 2008

The military regime opened up the media sector to more competition and private broadcasters in 2002, and the ramifications turned out to be vast.

Has the Northern Ireland Problem been Solved?

Article
July 2008

Latin America’s recent experience shows that effective democratic governance is difficult to achieve and depends on many factors, some of them context-specific. Nonetheless, it is possible to draw some general lessons.

Documents on Democracy

Article
July 2008

Excerpts from a petition containing "Twelve Suggestions for Dealing with the Tibet Situation," written by 29 Chinese intellectuals after the Chinese government put down protests in Tibet against Beijing's treatment of the Tibetan people. Excerpts from a speech given by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso at the formal launch of the European Foundation for Democracy through Partnership (EFDP) in Brussels on April 15.

Excerpts from a May 30 "State of the Nation" address delivered by Morgan Tsvangirai, the Movement for Democratic Change's candidate and winner of the first round of Zimbabwe's still-contested March 29 presidential election.

Excerpts from a March 11 statement, written by Václav Havel and other European-based members of the international Committee for Democracy in Cuba, urging the EU to take a stand against the antidemocratic actions of the Cuban government.

Books in Review: Asia's Progress

Article
July 2008

A review of Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy by Roland Rich.

The Crisis in Kenya

Article
July 2008

For years Kenya was regarded as one of Africa’s sturdiest democracies. The fraudulent 2007 presidential election, however, exposed the fragility of Kenya’s democratic framework.

A New Look at Ethnicity and Democratization

Article
July 2008

Conventional scholarly wisdom holds that ethnic diversity within a given society generally dims democracy’s prospects. Careful reflection on the experience of many post-Soviet states, however, suggests that this need not be so.

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