October 2007

Volume 18, Issue 4

Is East-Central Europe Backsliding?

Is East-Central Europe Backsliding?

Since its very first issue back in January 1990, the Journal of Democracy has devoted extensive coverage to the transformation in East-Central Europe that began with the sudden fall of communist regimes in 1989. Though many of the articles that we published on this region emphasized the problems and difficulties which lay in the path…

Iran's Resilient Civil Society

Nigeria’s Muddled Elections

The failure of the elections has been partly mitigated by the hope of judicial review of electoral malfeasance, the stabilizing ingenuity of ethno-regional power-sharing, and renewed national discussions of electoral reforms.

The Quest for Self-Rule in Tibet

This article assesses the historical record and current practice to argue that a form of autonomy that is appropriately grounded in China’s Constitution and international human rights practice may offer a path out of the current dispute.

Election Watch

A report on recent elections in Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Mali, Morocco, Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from the communique summarizing the positions adopted at a postelection Nigerian civil society summit held in April to discuss dissatisfaction with the recent presidential and parliamentary elections. Excerpts from a report from Abuja by IFES Africa Deputy Director Nathan Van Dusen explaining why the Nigerian election results were received without mass protests, despite calls…