Morocco's Elections: The Limits of Limited Reforms

Article
January 2008

The program of carefully controlled reform-from-above that King Mohamed VI began almost a decade ago may now have reached an impasse amid signs of growing disaffection.

Books In Review: Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War

Article
April 2007

A review of Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War by Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder

Books In Review: Are New Democracies War-Prone?

Article
April 2007

A review of Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War by Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder

Iran's Peculiar Election: Chinese Dreams, Persian Realities

Article
October 2005

Basic demographic and socioeconomic factors in Iran are favorable to democratization. The mullahs may hope to stave off democratic change by emulating the Chinese model, but this strategy is doomed to fail.

Transitions from Postcommunism

Article
July 2005

The years since 2000 have seen a surprising new wave of democratic breakthroughs in postcommunist lands as varied as Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine. Can we identify any factors common to each case?

Russian Democracy in Eclipse: What the Elections Tell Us

Article
July 2004

President Vladimir Putin's lopsided election victory was assisted by an unlevel electoral playing field, but elections still matter in Russia and they will make more difficult the consolidation of authoritarianism.

Books in Review: Reconstructing Afghanistan

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January 2002

A review of "Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban," by Larry P. Goodson; and "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia," by Ahmed Rashid.

Ten Years after the Soviet Breakup: A Mixed record, An Uncertain Future

Article
October 2001

Despite huge changes, the events of the last ten years raise doubts about the notion of "democratic transition" itself.

Russia Under Putin: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Article
July 2000

Does the election of Vladimir Putin as Russia's president represent a fundamental turn away from democracy or merely a temporary setback? Although Putin's apparent indifference to democracy is worrisome, it would be premature to conclude that democracy is lost in Russia.