The Transformation of the Arab World

The electoral triumph of Islamist parties has dampened the enthusiasm of democrats for the “Arab Spring.”

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Putinism Under Siege: Implosion, Atrophy, or Revolution?

A newly awakened Russia is now asking of series of questions, such as how to transform the current system and who will be the actors to lead the transformation.

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Putinism Under Siege: An Autopsy of Managed Democracy

Although they have quieted down as quickly as they flared up, the clamorous protests that followed the dishonest Russian legislative elections in December 2011 have essentially destroyed Putin’s regime, the infamous “managed democracy.” 


Putinism Under Siege: The Strange Alliance of Democrats and Nationalists

One of the most striking and unexpected features of the recent demonstrations in Russia was the partnership of liberals and nationalists in the ranks of the protesters.


Putinism Under Siege: Can There Be a Color Revolution?

The recent protests in Russia raise the question of whether the Putin regime could fall to a “color” or electoral revolution like those that have ousted other autocratic regimes in postcommunist Europe and Eurasia over the past decade and a half. 


Putinism Under Siege: The Protesters and the Public

After the December 2011 State Duma elections, the Russian opposition and civil society quickly launched large protest rallies in response to electoral fraud. 


Turkey and Thailand: Unlikely Twins

Turkey and Thailand, two countries at different corners of the Asian landmass, appear at first glance to be an odd couple, but a closer look at their respective political situations reveals surprising parallels.


African Elections: Two Divergent Trends

Regular elections have become a fixture of political life throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but there are now “two Africas” in this regard: one where elections bring the blessings of greater political openness and competition, and another where elections are, in effect, one more tool that authoritarians use to retain power.


Oil, Politics, and Ghana’s Democracy

Ghana has won praise for its steady progress toward democratic consolidation,  in late 2010 it joined the ranks of the world’s oil producers. Will the  democratic institutions be able to resist the “resource curse”?


The DRC’s Crumbling Legitimacy

On 9 December 2011, incumbent president Joseph Kabila was declared the official winner of the DRC’s deeply flawed presidential election, resulting in a legal president without legitimacy and an uncertain political future.


Senegal: What Will Turnover Bring?

Although Senegal has often been regarded as a democracy, its regime should more properly have been classified as competitive authoritarian. Will the 2012 election of a new president prove to be a turning point?


Hungary’s Illiberal Turn: How Things Went Wrong

How has Hungary, initially seen as a leading postcommunist success story, fallen into its current troubles?


Hungary’s Illiberal Turn: Disabling the Constitution

In Hungary’s 2010 general elections, Fidesz won 68 percent of the seats in parliament—allowing it to impose a wholly new constitutional order.


Hungary’s Illiberal Turn: Can Outsiders Help?

Can outside actors help Hungarians to loosen Fidesz’s centralized grip on all of their country’s governing institutions?


The Spirit of Aung San Suu Kyi

A review of The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham.

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Election Watch

Reports on recent elections in Armenia, Belize, Burma, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Lesotho, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, and Timor-Leste.


Documents on Democracy

  • Excerpts from former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade's concession speech after losing to Macky Sall in the March 25 presidential runoff.
  • Excerpts from newly elected Senegalese president Macky Sall's first national address after his April 3 inauguration.
  • Excerpts from the Ottawa Declaration on Tibet issued on April 29 at the conclusion of the Sixth World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet.

The Surprising Success of Multiparty Presidentialism

Until recently, political scientists argued that democracy had poor chances of survival in a multiparty presidential regime. Latin America’s recent experience tells a different story.