July 2014

Volume 25, Issue 3

The Maidan and Beyond


Gay Rights: Why Democracy Matters

The year 2013 featured unprecedented strides for gay rights in some parts of the world, particularly in Western Europe and the Americas, but also startling setbacks elsewhere, as in Russia and some countries in Africa.

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Afghanistan, Algeria, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritania, Panama, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, and Ukraine.

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from the June 7 inaugural address of Ukraine's newly elected president, Petro Poroshenko. Excerpts from “My Ideals and the Career Path I Have Chosen,” an autobiographical essay by Ilham Tohti, a professor of economics at Beijing’s Minzu University who was arrested in January on charges of inciting separatism. Tohti, a Uyghur born in Xinjiang, is the founder of Uyghur Online, a website dedicated to fostering understanding between Uyghurs and Han…

News and Notes

NED Democracy Awards On May 29, days prior to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) presented its annual Democracy Awards to imprisoned Chinese democracy activists Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong. Liu, who in 2010 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, is serving an eleven-year prison sentence…