July 2012

Volume 23, Issue 3

Putinism Under Siege

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.

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

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…

News and Notes

Journal of Democracy: Edicão em Português On May 15, the São Paulo– based Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute hosted a panel discussion to celebrate the launch of an online Portuguese-language edition of the Journal called the Journal of Democracy: Edicão em Português. Participants discussed the relationship between media and democracy in Latin America. Speakers included former Bolivian president Carlos Mesa;…