Islamist Parties and Democracy: Turkey's AKP in Power

Article
July 2008

The rise of Islamist parties poses new challenges to efforts to understand the relationship between Islam and democracy. A diverse group of authors investigates this new phenomenon and its implications for the future of democracy in the Middle East.

Islamist Parties and Democracy: Going Back to the Origins

Article
July 2008

The rise of Islamist parties poses new challenges to efforts to understand the relationship between Islam and democracy. A diverse group of authors investigates this new phenomenon and its implications for the future of democracy in the Middle East.

Books in Review: India's Improbable Success

Article
April 2008

A review of India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha and The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence and India's Future by Martha C. Nussbaum.

Senegal: The Return of Personalism

Article
January 2008

Senegal's 2000 presidential election marked the end of forty years of one-party rule. But the reign of President Wade has been a severe disappointment, dashing hopes for democratic consolidation.
*This is a corrected text of the print and original online version of this essay, portions of which drew heavily on Tarik Dahou and Vincent Foucher's "Le Sénégal, entre changement politique et révolution passive: 'Sopi' or not 'Sopi'?" Politique africaine 96 (December 2004) without adequate attribution. This is the only version that should be used for citation or further dissemination.

The Quest for Self-Rule in Tibet

Article
October 2007

This article assesses the historical record and current practice to argue that a form of autonomy that is appropriately grounded in China’s Constitution and international human rights practice may offer a path out of the current dispute.

Iran's Resilient Civil Society: The Student Movement's Struggle

Article
October 2007

They are good signs for the future of democracy in Iran, but it will take time and energy to organize these promising pieces into a greater democracy movement.

Identity, Immigration, and Liberal Democracy

Article
April 2006

Contemporary liberal democracies, especially in Western Europe, face a major challenge in integrating Muslim immigrants as citizens of pluralistic societies.

Getting to Arab Democracy: Dealing with Communalism

Article
January 2006

Whether ethnic, sectarian, or some combination of the two, communalsim is one of the massive realities of Middle Eastern life and politics. It is usually seen as an obstacle to democracy, but need that always be the case?

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