July 2007

Volume 18, Issue 3

The Sequencing “Fallacy”

Countries taking the initial steps from dictatorship toward electoral politics are especially prone to civil and international war. Yet states endowed with coherent institutions—such as a functioning bureaucracy and the elements needed to construct a sound legal system—have often been able to democratize peacefully and successfully. Consequently, whenever possible, efforts to promote democracy should try…

The Democracy Barometers (Part I)

Election Watch

Reports on recent elections in Algeria, Armenia, Bahamas, Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo (Brazzaville), Estonia, Jordan, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Senegal, Timor-Leste, and Togo.

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from the Berlin Declaration released by the European Union on March 25, the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome which established the European Economic Community. Excerpts from an interview with Thich Quang Do—winner of the 2006 Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for Human Rights Defenders—broadcast on March 16 by Radio Free Asia's Vietnamese Service.…