October 2013

Volume 24, Issue 4

Reflections on “Governance”

“Governance,” once merely a synonym for government, has taken on new meanings that tend to downplay the importance of the political. But can “good governance” be achieved today without the protections of liberal democracy?

Tracking the "Arab Spring"

Malaysia’s Elections: A Step Backward

Despite losing the popular vote, Malaysia’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional triumphed again in the country’s 2013 elections, disappointing an emboldened opposition that had high hopes after a strong performance in 2008.


Election Watch

Reports on elections in Albania, Bhutan, Cambodia, Iran, Kuwait, the Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Togo, and Zimbabwe.

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from Russian anticorruption crusader and recent Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny's September 9 speech on Bolotnaya Square. Portions of presidential contender Nana Akufo-Addo's August 29 statement conceding Ghana's disputed 2012 presidential election to John Dramani Mahama, as well as excerpts from Mahama's televised address that same night.  Remarks by jailed Chinese human-rights activist Xu Zhiyong

News and Notes

NED Democracy Awards On July 17, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) presented its annual Democracy Awards at an event entitled “Our Democratic Future: The Role of Youth in Advancing Democracy.” The four recipients were Zimbabwe’s Glanis Changachirere, 30; Pakistan’s Gulalai Ismail, 26; Russia’s Vera Kichanova, 22; and (posthumously) Cuba’s Harold Cepero (1980–2012). Rosa María…