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April 2019, Volume 30, Issue 2

Weaponizing Interpol

Globalized authoritarian regimes are increasingly abusing Interpol’s notice system to go after political opponents based abroad. These regimes seek not only to punish their critics, but also to legitimate their own acts of repression.

April 2019, Volume 30, Issue 2

Populists in Power

The historical record since 1945 gives us a picture of how populists operate once they hold political power. The record shows that populism is inimical to liberal democracy, and not a corrective to some of its failings.

January 2019, Volume 30, Issue 1

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Afghanistan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Latvia, Madagascar, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe, Swaziland, and Togo.

January 2019, Volume 30, Issue 1

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats; victory speech by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro; inaugural address by Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador; inaugural address by Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih; remarks by Angolan journalist Rafael Marques; and address by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Washington Declaration.

January 2019, Volume 30, Issue 1

News and Notes

Forum 2000 Foundation Conference; National Democratic Institute 35th Anniversary Gala; Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought; Lantos Foundation Human Rights Prize; NED's International Forum

October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

Liberal Democracy’s Crisis of Confidence

Public-opinion data from Pew Research Center show that global support for representative democracy is widespread, but often thin. Amid rising economic anxiety, cultural unease, and political frustration, citizens are increasingly open to alternative systems of government.

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October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

Understanding Authoritarian Regionalism

Taking advantage of broad global respect for regionalism, authoritarian regimes are using their own regional organizations to bolster fellow autocracies. These groupings offer a mechanism for lending legitimacy, redistributing resources, and insulating members from democratic influences.

October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Cambodia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, Swaziland, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

Documents on Democracy

Report on Nicaragua by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); inaugural address of Ethiopia's new prime minister Abiy Ahmed; remarks by Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra at the Eighth Summit of the Americas; inaugural address of Colombian president Iván Duque 

October 2018, Volume 29, Issue 4

News and Notes

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy; Award Given to Nepali Activist; Nelson Mandela Lecture; Havel Library Foundation Honors Liao Yiwu; International Press Institute Award; Team Populism; Ghanaian Scholar Honored; NED’s International Forum

July 2018, Volume 29, Issue 3

Election Watch

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

July 2018, Volume 29, Issue 3

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

July 2018, Volume 29, Issue 3

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

April 2018, Volume 29, Issue 2

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Chile, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Russia, and Sierra Leone.

April 2018, Volume 29, Issue 2

Documents on Democracy

Inaugural address by Liberian president George Weah; open letter by Iranian activists and intellectuals; testimony by China analyst Clive Hamilton before the Australian Parliament's Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. 

April 2018, Volume 29, Issue 2

News and Notes

Forum Report on “Sharp Power”; Hong Kong Democracy Activists Released; Democracy and Development in West Africa; Geneva Summit for Human Rights; Honoring Boris Nemtsov; NED’s International Forum

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January 2018, Volume 29, Issue 1

Fighting Terrorism: The Democracy Advantage

Despite worries that terror groups can turn open societies’ very openness against them, the numbers reveal that liberal democracies enjoy significant advantages in resisting the threat of terrorism. 

January 2018, Volume 29, Issue 1

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, and Slovenia. 

January 2018, Volume 29, Issue 1

Documents on Democracy

International Forum for Democratic Studies report on "Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence"; Emmerson Mnangagwa's inaugural address as interim president of Zimbabwe; letter from Zimbabwean civil society organizations; address by U.K. prime minister Theresa May; statement by former Soviet political prisoners and dissidents. 

January 2018, Volume 29, Issue 1

News and Notes

Fourteenth Annual Lipset Lecture; Conferences on Democracy; Zagreb Youth Summit; IDEA Report on Democracy; Venezuelan Opposition Honored; NDI Democracy Dinner; NED's International Forum

October 2017, Volume 28, Issue 4

Liberal Democracy’s Fading Allure

Is liberal democracy the only suitable type of government for a strong, modern society? A quarter-century ago, the answer seemed to be a clear yes. But today the picture is much cloudier.

October 2017, Volume 28, Issue 4

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Albania, Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), Kenya, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, and Singapore.  

October 2017, Volume 28, Issue 4

News and Notes

Interview with Ivan Krastev; Ghanaian Scholar Honored; Electoral Integrity in Latin America; Russia’s Opposition in Focus; Scholars at Risk Director Recognized; NED’s International Forum

July 2017, Volume 28, Issue 3

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Algeria, Armenia, the Bahamas, Bulgaria, the Gambia, Iran, Kosovo, Lesotho, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, South Korea, and Timor-Leste. 

July 2017, Volume 28, Issue 3

Documents on Democracy

Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal; excerpts from the inaugural address of French president Emmanuel Macron; excerpted remarks by Chilean politician and political scientist Sergio Bitar, recipient of the inaugural  Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lecture-ship. 

July 2017, Volume 28, Issue 3

News and Notes

NED’s Democracy Award; Launch of Haleh Esfandiari Forum; Conference on Human-Rights Scholarship; International Charlemagne Prize; Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928–2017); Giovanni Sartori (1924–2017); NED’s International Forum

April 2017, Volume 28, Issue 2

The Modernization Trap

Populist nationalism is emerging as the main competitor to liberal democracy. But despite its current resurgence, in the long run, like other illiberal paths to modernity, it is likely to prove a dead end.

April 2017, Volume 28, Issue 2

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Macedonia, Micronesia, Romania, Somalia, and Timor-Leste.

April 2017, Volume 28, Issue 2

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: U.S. president Donald J. Trump’s inaugural address; remarks by U.S. vice-president Mike Pence and U.S. senator John McCain at the Munich Security Conference; speeches by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, and the Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow; and NED president Carl Gershman’s remarks before the Lithuanian parliament. 

April 2017, Volume 28, Issue 2

News and Notes

Oswaldo Payá Award; Democratic Deconsolidation: An Exchange; Yazidi Activists Honored; Human-Rights Summit; Remembering U Ko Ni (1953–2017); NED’s International Forum

January 2017, Volume 28, Issue 1

Violence Against Women in Politics

The use of force and intimidation against women trying to take part in politics is a growing problem in many places. Such violence assumes a number of different forms, but all aim to keep women as women out of public life.

January 2017, Volume 28, Issue 1

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Belarus, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Georgia, Haiti, Kuwait, Jordan, Lithuania, and more.

January 2017, Volume 28, Issue 1

Documents on Democracy

Prime Minister Theresa May on the U.K. vote to leave the European Union; former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright on Václav Havel; joint statement by U.S. representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.) and David Price (D-N.C.) on the threat of corruption.

January 2017, Volume 28, Issue 1

News and Notes

Thirteenth Annual Lipset Lecture; Russian City Council Recognizes Boris Nemtsov; NDI and IRI Host Celebration of Democracy; Forum of Former Dissidents and Political Prisoners; IFES Elections Conference; NED’s International Forum

October 2016, Volume 27, Issue 4

When Dictators Die

What political consequences can we expect when aging dictators die while in power? A fifth of the world’s autocracies are facing such a possibility, but the evidence shows that this may not augur well for democracy.

October 2016, Volume 27, Issue 4

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Croatia, Gabon, Mongolia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, and Zambia.

October 2016, Volume 27, Issue 4

Documents on Democracy

Inauguration speech by Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; Ennahda party president Rachid Ghannouchi on religion and state in Tunisia; inaugural award ceremony of the Darnal Award for Social Justice; Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's inaugural address; Philippine senator Leila de Lima on extrajudicial killings 

October 2016, Volume 27, Issue 4

News and Notes

Remembering Boris Nemtsov; Dalai Lama Speaks at NED; the Estoril Political Forum; NED’s International Forum

July 2016, Volume 27, Issue 3

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Benin, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Kazakhstan, Niger, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, and South Korea.

July 2016, Volume 27, Issue 3

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts of an April 30 letter written by Thich Quang Do, Supreme Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and a leading human-rights advocate, to U.S. president Barack Obama on the eve of his first visit to Vietnam.Excerpts from an April 14 declaration issued by prominent Latin American political leaders and activists calling for political and social opening in Cuba.Exceprts from the inaugural address of…

July 2016, Volume 27, Issue 3

News and Notes

Honoring Abdorrahman Boroumand; Justice for Chadians; Global Americans Report; International Forum

April 2016, Volume 27, Issue 2

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Benin, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Haiti, Iran, Jamaica, Niger, Samoa, Seychelles, Slovakia, Taiwan, Uganda, Vanuatu.

April 2016, Volume 27, Issue 2

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: the inaugural address of Argentine president Mauricio Macri; victory speech by Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen

April 2016, Volume 27, Issue 2

News and Notes

Geneva Summit on Human Rights; Human Rights in North Korea; Democratic Governance in Latin America; Transparency in Angola; African Female Leaders Honored; Errata; International Forum

January 2016, Volume 27, Issue 1

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Burkina Faso, Burma, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Seychelles, Tanzania, Turkey, and Venezuela.

January 2016, Volume 27, Issue 1

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts of remarks given by Iranian historian Ladan Boroumand in Soeul on November 1 at the opening of the Eighth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy. Excerpts from the December 7 speech given by Venezuelan opposition leader Jesús Torrealba, whose Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) had won a surprising landslide victory in the previous day's…

January 2016, Volume 27, Issue 1

News and Notes

Nobel Prizes; Eighth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy; Democracy Award Ceremonies; Twelfth Annual Lipset Lecture; Honoring Human-Rights Defenders; International Forum

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October 2015, Volume 26, Issue 4

The Rise of the World’s Poorest Countries

Widely believed to be hopelessly mired in poverty, stagnation, and dictatorship, the developing world has in fact been making steady progress for over two decades in health, education, income, and conflict reduction, along with democracy.

October 2015, Volume 26, Issue 4

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Burundi, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago.

October 2015, Volume 26, Issue 4

Documents on Democracy

Remarks by Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari; statement by Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova; statements on abuses against lawyers and activists in China

October 2015, Volume 26, Issue 4

News and Notes

Virtuous Circles of Governance; Francis Fukuyama Honored with Skytte Award; Supporting Young African Leaders; European Democracy Forums; International Forum

July 2015, Volume 26, Issue 3

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Benin, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, and Turkey.

July 2015, Volume 26, Issue 3

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from newly elected Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s May 29 inaugural address. Excerpts from an April 30 speech given by Leon Wieseltier honoring the slain Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov. A brief excerpt from the conclusion of the report “Putin.War,” which Nemtsov was preparing at the time of his murder.…

July 2015, Volume 26, Issue 3

News and Notes

NED Democracy Awards; Journalism Awards; World Press Freedom Day; Errata; International Forum

April 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Comoros, Croatia, El Salvador, Estonia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Zambia.

April 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: newly elected Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign manifesto, “A Compassionate Maithri Governance: A Stable Country,” Newsweek Polska's interview with Boris Nemtsov just hours before he was gunned down in Moscow on February 27, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's statement of innocence issued after the Federal Court of Malaysia upheld his sodomy conviction and 5-year sentence on February 10, and a…

April 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2

News and Notes

Civil Society Center Opens in Prague; Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership; Geneva Human-Rights Summit; Ditchley Conference; Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship; Clarification; NED’s International Forum

January 2015, Volume 26, Issue 1

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Liberia, Mauritius, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Romania, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

January 2015, Volume 26, Issue 1

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from a November 15 letter by the Hong Kong Federation of Students (who were among the leaders of the "Umbrella Revolution") to Chinese premier Li Keqiang, inviting him to visit Hong Kong. Excerpts from the 310-page campaign manifesto of former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, who was proclaimed Afghanistan’s new president on September 21 after lengthy negotiations and an audit of the June 14…

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October 2014, Volume 25, Issue 4

From Politics to Protest

The protests that have been erupting around the world may signal the twilight of both the idea of revolution and the notion of political reformism.

October 2014, Volume 25, Issue 4

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Libya, Mauritania, Slovenia, and Turkey. 

October 2014, Volume 25, Issue 4

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves's September speech in Oslo, Norway. Portions of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech to the nation. Excerpts from Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán's shocking July speech in favor of an "illiberal state." Portions of an open letter written by senior members of the Communist Party of Vietnam calling for an end…

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July 2014, Volume 25, Issue 3

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.

July 2014, Volume 25, Issue 3

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.

July 2014, Volume 25, Issue 3

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…

April 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2

The Freedom House Survey for 2013: The Democratic Leadership Gap

Civil-liberties scores have notably declined over the past several years, while political-rights scores have slightly improved—perhaps because modern authoritarians have begun to adopt subtler means of repression. Overall, however, freedom experienced a global decline for the eighth straight year in 2013.

April 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Bangladesh, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, and Thailand.

April 2014, Volume 25, Issue 2

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: The statement that Chinese rights activist Xu Zhiyong read at his January 22 trial for gathering a crowd to disrupt public order, for which he received a four-year prison sentence. The March 4 statement issued by former presidents Oscar Arias (Costa Rica), Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), Ricardo Lagos (Chile), and Alejandro Toledo (Peru) on the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. The newly approved Tunisian constitution. A December…

January 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1

The Crisis of Liberalism

Liberalism as a governing order is barely two centuries old. A response to the great alternatives presented by Europe’s political history, it represents a unique synthesis of the ancient and the modern. But globalization has cast a deep shadow across liberalism’s future.

January 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Argentina, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Chile, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritania, Nepal, Rwanda, Swaziland, and Tajikistan. 

January 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: the October 2013 speech delivered by Mongolian president Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj while on a state visit in North Korea, highlighting the importance of freedom. Aung San Suu Kyi's speech honoring Václav Havel, which she gave in September at the annual conference of the Forum 2000 Foundation. the joint statement of governments participating in a September meeting of…

October 2013, Volume 24, Issue 4

Election Watch

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

October 2013, Volume 24, Issue 4

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

July 2013, Volume 24, Issue 3

Election Watch

Reports on Bhutan, Bulgaria, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Malaysia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, and Venezuela.

July 2013, Volume 24, Issue 3

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from the following: Newly elected Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta's April 9 inaugural address. UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai's second annual report to the Human Rights Council, presented on April 24. Remarks by Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late Oswaldo Payá Sardiñ​as, at the April 9 National Endowment…