Debating the Color Revolutions: What Are We Trying to Explain?

Article
January 2009

Change may be caused more by the frailty of the regime than the strength of the opposition, but in such cases the outcome is often less democratic.

Debating the Color Revolutions: Necessary Distinctions

Article
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

Article
January 2009

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

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.

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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