Volume: 
29
Issue: 
3

Islam and Democracy in Tunisia

The president of Tunisia’s Ennahdha party, Rached Ghannouchi, argues that the solution to extremism is more (not less) freedom and democracy, along with more moderate religious teachings.

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What Is "Sharp Power"?

Today’s authoritarians are using “sharp power” to project their influence internationally, with the objective of limiting free expression, spreading confusion, and distorting the political environment within democracies.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: The Crisis of Liberalism

Thirty years ago in Central and Eastern Europe, belief in an open society and a sense of reasserted national and indeed European identity seemed to go hand-in-hand. But that was then.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Orbán’s Laboratory of Illiberalism

Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party has used its two-thirds majority in parliament to change the constitution, erase checks and balances, and make
the electoral system even more majoritarian.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Can Poland's Backsliding Be Stopped?

Viewed until recently as an exemplar of democratic transformation, Poland is increasingly seen as a leading case of democratic backsliding, thanks to a series of illiberal measures pushed through by the Law and Justice party.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Czech Democracy Under Pressure

Recent electoral victories by a pro-Russian president and a populist prime minister point to an antiestablishment wave in the Czech Republic. Yet strong checks and balances, EU ties, and a different outlook among younger voters may help to safeguard liberal democracy.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Slovakia's Conflicting Camps

The political turmoil following a journalist’s murder in Slovakia has revealed serious dangers to the country’s democratic institutions.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: "Soft Decisionism" in Bulgaria

Bulgaria continues to enjoy free and fair elections, but over the last decade its politics has come to be dominated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who practices a brand of discretionary rule that puts his own priorities above any commitment to legal or constitutional norms.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Romania’s Italian-Style Anticorruption Populism

In Romania today, as in Italy twenty years ago, the gradual politicization of anticorruption has come to shape the political scene.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Imitation and Its Discontents

For countries emerging from communism, the post-1989 imperative to “be like the West” has generated discontent and even a “return of the repressed,” as the region feels old nationalist stirrings and new demographic pressures.

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Modernization and Authoritarianism

Embracing a new model of capitalist authoritarianism, a number of nondemocratic regimes have made startling gains in state capacity, posing a new challenge to the appeal and advance of liberal democracy.

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Mass Protests and the Military

When nonviolent mass protests occur under authoritarian regimes, the military plays a key role in determining the outcome: the hardening of the dictatorship, a new authoritarian regime, or a transition to democracy.

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Has Liberia Turned a Corner?

The retirement of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Weah’s election as her successor open a new chapter for a country that has made great strides since its brutal civil war, but where progress remains tenuous.

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Enrolling India

A review of How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise by Ornit Shani.

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Election Watch

Reports on elections in Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Colombia, Hungary, Lebanon, Malaysia, Montenegro, Paraguay, Slovenia, Timor-Leste, Turkey, and Venezuela. 

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Documents on Democracy

Courage Tribute acceptance speeches from the World Movement for Democracy's Ninth Assembly in Dakar, Senegal; Organization of American States (OAS) statement on Cuba's presidential succession; French president Emmanual Macron's address before the European Parliament; report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.K. Parliament on Russian money laundering

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News and Notes

NED's Democracy Award; Assisting Scholars at Risk; Report on Elections and Human Rights; Pierre Hassner (1933–2018); Confronting Disinformation; NED's International Forum

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