Democracy Promotion News

The Arab Spring in 2015: RIP?

Jan 02, 2015
"After four years of the phenomenon once optimistically dubbed the Arab Spring, the changes that have roiled those lands seem to have validated Robert Penn Warren’s quip that history, like nature, rarely jumps–and when it does, it usually jumps backward," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Optimist's Year

Dec 30, 2014
Here are five reasons positive change could come to the Middle East in 2015 according to Aaron David Miller.

Plataforma Democrática on the Integration of Cuba in a Democratic Latin America

Dec 22, 2014
Plataforma Democrática, a Brazil-based discussion forum, released a report following the historic announcement on December 17 by presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro of their decision to normalize the United States-Cuba relations.

Egypt’s Crackdown on Political Speech

Dec 16, 2014
The political climate in Egypt, a country that accounts for one-quarter of the Arab world’s population, has become increasingly inhospitable to public debate or criticism. What is Egypt afraid of?
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Slovakia: From Velvet Revolution and Velvet Divorce to Today

Dec 15, 2014
Several weeks ago, the US Congress commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with the unveiling of a bust of Vaclav Havel. One of the attendees, Pavol Demes, was part of the delegation that traveled to Washington with Havel in 1991. Demes is an internationally recognized NGO leader, a former government official, and also an author and photographer. We spoke with him about the anniversary and the current state of democracy in Slovakia, as well as about concerns over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

Romania's Presidential Election 2014

Dec 03, 2014
Romania's groundbreaking November 2014 Presidential election marked a significant moment in democratic history.

Democracy Bridge Building: Arabs, Central and Eastern European Democrats

Dec 03, 2014
Professor Eliot Sorel summarizes the 2006 Ratiu Democracy Lecture.

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.
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From the Velvet Revolution to Putin’s Russia: Is the Need for “Free Media” Greater Than Ever?

Nov 14, 2014
A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic reflect on the decline of independent media and the attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe. What Cold War lessons resonate today and what are the demands of the new media environment? And is the U.S. doing enough to bring objective information to authoritarian countries and unfree societies?
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Is Democracy Failing?

Oct 23, 2014
In the United States alone, ongoing partisan battles have raised questions about the ability of the often self-proclaimed “world’s greatest democracy” to meet its most basic obligations. Have these failures, real and perceived, damaged the ability of democracies around the world to promote democratic governance as the solution to a wide range of challenges and problems?

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