Bringing Democracy into International Law

Article
July 2001

The evidence clearly points to the growing incorporation into international law of the right to democratic governance.

High Anxiety in the Andes: Peru's Decade of Living Dangerously

Article
April 2001

The sudden and surprising downfall of President Alberto Fujimori has opened the way for a return to democracy in Peru, but the country's new leaders will face major challenges in the coming years.

High Anxiety in the Andes: Colombia's Perpetual Quest for Peace

Article
April 2001

Despite recent progress in the government's negotiations with rebel groups, Colombia's problems remain acute: continued violence, growing human rights abuses, severe income inequality, and a depressed economy.

The 2000 Freedom House Survey: Gains Offset Losses

Article
January 2001

Promising advances in the status of freedom in the world during the past year have been matched by significant disappointments.

Societal Accountability in Latin America

Article
October 2000

Recent studies of democracy in Latin America overlook the role of civil society as an agent of accountability.

A Reply to My Accusers

Article
October 2000

An Egyptian civil-society leader responds to the closing down of his organization and the allegations against him by state prosecutors.

Books in Review: Law and Injustice in Latin America

Article
July 2000

The (Un)Rule of Law and the Underprivileged in Latin America offers a harsh appraisal of the region's legal and justice systems.

Is Pakistan the (Reverse) Wave of the Future?

Article
July 2000

Pakistan's descent into authoritarian rule starkly depicts the "triple crisis of governance" that threatens many third-wave democracies. If these problems of governance are not addressed, a new "reverse wave" of democratization could be imminent.

Markets, Law, and Democracy

Article
July 2000

The experience of "bandit capitalism" or "tyrant capitalism" in postcommunist societies shows that markets cannot work properly without a community of trust and mutual respect. Such a community can be achieved only where there is a rule of law, applied by able and independent judges.

The Kurdish Question in Turkey

Article
July 2000

One of the greatest obstacles to democratic consolidation in Turkey has been the country's treatment of its Kurdish citizens. The root of the problem lies in the very nature of the Turkish state, which confuses unity with uniformity.

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