The Journal of Democracy seeks to bridge some of these gaps. We hope that it will help to unify what is becoming a worldwide democratic movement. But like genuine democracy itself, the journal will be pluralistic. Its pages will be open to a wide variety of perspectives and shades of opinion, and it will seek…
Volume 1, Issue 1
Tiananmen and Beyond
The following text is based upon remarks presented by Wuer Kaixi in Washington, D.C. on 2 August 1989 at a meeting cosponsored by the Congressional Human Rights Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy.
This past spring the world looked on in wonder as millions filled the streets of Beijing and 80 other Chinese cities, defying the Communist regime and demanding democracy.
The remarkable events of April and May 1989 revealed the degree to which civil society has reemerged in Communist China. The ruthless campaign of suppression that began on June 4 revealed in turn the degree to which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) remains unwilling and unable to accept the reality of nascent civil society in…
Our goal at present is the thorough modernization of China. We all have a compelling sense of the need for this. There is a widespread feeling of dissatisfaction with the status quo among people in all walks of life.
Over the past several years, the world has come to see the crisis in Panama mainly as a confrontation between the United States and Panama's military strongman, General Manuel Antonio Noriega. But this perception – reinforced lately by press reports on last October's failed coup attempt – is badly mistaken.
The Crumbing of the Soviet Bloc
The Editors’ introduction to “The Crumbling Soviet Bloc.”
A review of Anthills of the Savannah, by Chinua Achebe.
A review of Rethinking Military Politics: Brazil and the Southern Cone, by Alfred Stepan.
Reports on elections in Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Hungary, India, Jordan, Namibia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Uruguay.
Excerpts from: a declaration by the Federation for a Democratic China; the preamble to the “guiding principles” of the Beijing Works Autonomous Federation; principles accepted by the South West People’s Association, a Namibian political party; a letter by Cardinal František Tomašek; a political program by the Czechoslovak Civic Forum; an announcement by the East German…
Fang Lizhi Receives Human Rights Award; New Turn in Nigeria’ Democratic Transition; Vietnamese Democratic Activist Recovering; Walesa Helps Free Chilean Labor Leaders; Chile Holds a Conference on Constitutional Change; Christian Democrats Unite in Soviet Union.
With the death last July 12 of the American philosopher Sidney Hook at the age of 86, the cause of democracy in the twentieth century lost one of its most stalwart champions. Beginning in the mid-1930s, Professor Hook stood in the front rank of those who opposed tyranny wherever it appeared. He earned his…