The Fates Of Third-Wave Democracies

Article
January 2019

Since their transitions, the democracies of the “third wave” have followed a range of trajectories beyond simple survival or breakdown. Many have stagnated at low levels of democracy and some have suffered democratic erosion, but there also have been cases of democratic deepening against the odds.

Review Essay: Why Tunisia?

Article
October 2018

A review of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly by Safwan M. Masri.

The Downfall of Malaysia’s Ruling Party

Article
October 2018

In Malaysia’s May 2018 general election, a grand bargain between ex–prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and reform leader Anwar Ibrahim produced a political earthquake that ended 61 years of rule by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).

Explaining Eastern Europe: Imitation and Its Discontents

Article
July 2018

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.

The Case for Democratic Persistence

Article
January 2018

A review of Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice.

Dashed Hopes and Extremism in Tunisia

Article
January 2018

Tunisia is now one of the Arab world’s most democratic countries, but it has also been producing worrisome numbers of recruits for groups such as ISIS. How can this paradox be explained? 

Reevaluating Runoffs in Latin America

Article
January 2018

The worldwide popularity of runoff rules for presidential elections has grown strikingly in recent decades. In Latin America, contrary to scholarly expectations, this shift has had important benefits for democracy. 

Strengthening Constitutionalism in Asia

Article
October 2017

Liberal democracy can never put down truly firm roots in Asia unless and until the fundamentals of democratic constitutionalism take hold. There are seven practical imperatives that friends of constitutionalism in the region must pursue.

The Gambia’s Electoral Earthquake

Article
April 2017

This small West African country voted a longtime dictator out of the presidency. This victory for democracy was seemingly snatched away by his refusal to leave power—yet a breathtaking reversal lay in store.

Tunisia: Ennahda’s New Course

Article
October 2016

Tunisia is a small country, but its influential Islamist party has taken a big step by separating its political wing from its religious activities.

Pages