April 2006

Volume 17, Issue 2

New Threats to Freedom

The Debacle in Côte d’Ivoire

Despite hopes that 2005 would see an end to hostilities between rebels and government forces, neither disarmament nor elections took place. How did this once-prosperous country end up on the verge of anarchy and disaster?

Electoral Systems Today

What Really Happened in Kyrgyzstan?

The March 2005 “Tulip Revolution” that toppled President Askar Akeyev is often grouped with the “color revolutions” in Georgia and Ukraine, but in many ways the Kyrgyz case was unique.

Azerbaijan’s Frustrating Elections

The 2005 elections were marked by massive fraud, but the democratic world mostly looked the other way. Azerbaijani society remains receptive to democracy, but the regime clearly has other plans—and will soon have massive oil wealth to fund them.


Election Watch

A review of recent elections in Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, COlombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Samoa, Sïo Tomé & Príncipe, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from the January 16 inaugural address of Liberia's new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who has become Africa's first democratically elected female president. Statement by Singaporean democratic activist Chee Soon Juan, the secretary-general of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, titled Defamation Suits Against the Opposition Must Stop" and issued on March 2. See the Web sites…