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.

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.

The Orange Revolution and Beyond

Article
July 2008

Ukraine gained independence in 1991, but its people gained their freedom only in 2004 with the Orange Revolution—an uprising of the human spirit in which Ukrainians joined together to gain a voice in their future.

The Remarkable Story of Somaliland

Article
July 2008

Emerging from one of the world’s most notorious failed states, Somaliland has become an oasis of relative democratic stability in the troubled Horn of Africa. What does its story teach us about democratic state-building?

The Real Causes of the Color Revolutions

Article
July 2008

The “color revolutions” in the postcommunist countries cannot be attributed to diffusion alone. Structural factors offer a better explanation of why such revolutions have succeeded in some countries and not in others.

South Korea's Miraculous Democracy

Article
July 2008

Despite South Korea’s messy democratic trajectory, it has miraculously achieved consolidation. Though far from perfect, South Korea’s democracy has turned obstacles into opportunities for reform and development.

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