April 2005

Volume 16, Issue 2

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Scholarship and Statesmanship

Seymour Martin Lipset’s contributions to political science and sociology are not theoretical achievements alone, but reflect his keenly practical moral awareness, his understanding of leadership, and his great love of democracy as the finest form of government ever devised.

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The Rise of “Muslim Democracy”

The incentives created by competitive elections in a number of Muslim-majority countries are fueling a political trend that roughly resembles the rise of Christian Democracy in twentieth-century Europe

Challenge and Change in East Asia

Challenge and Change in East Asia: Taiwan’s Year of Stress

Thanks to a disputed presidential election and a narrowly divided parliament, Taiwan's politics remains tense. Yet the worst of the conflicts that gripped the island seem to have eased, and the difficult political events of the last few years may have some beneficial effects after all.

Ukraine's Orange Revolution

The End of Postcommunism in Romania

The 2004 elections saw the defeat of the former communists who ruled Romania for most of the period since the fall of communism. Will the country's new, democratic, and pro-European government be able to break with the semi-authoritarian habits of its postcommunist predecessors?

Books in Review

Election Watch, April 2005

A review of recent elections in Central African Republic, Croatia, Ghana, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Micronesia, Moldova, Mozambique, Niger, Palestinian Territories, Somaliland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.