Democracy Promotion Publications

The FARC and Colombia's Illegal Drug Trade

Dec 15, 2014
As part of its ongoing monitoring of the peace process in Colombia, the Latin American Program is pleased to share with you a new study of the FARC’s involvement in Colombia’s illegal drug trade. more

Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Rough and Tumble of Building Democracy in Georgia

Nov 26, 2014
Leadership squabbles and instincts for retribution are testing Georgia’s democracy. If leaders do not come together to strengthen the political system and governance, Georgia’s future could hang in the balance. more

Photo by Jurij Skoblenko

Why Ukraine's future is vital to West

Nov 04, 2014
Ukrainians have voted, and they have overwhelmingly chosen to stay the course on European integration. Late last month, pro-European parties won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections that saw allies of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk come out on top. But while Europe and the United States are celebrating the outcome as a strategic victory for the West, the election result itself simply builds on the slogans of last winter's Euromaidan Revolution. The trouble is that in Ukraine, such rhetoric has all too often led to disappointment. more

Report of Activities 2011-2013

Oct 02, 2014
The Brazil Institute releases the 2011-2013 Report of Activities more

Reflections on the Summit: Whither US-Africa Relations?

Aug 22, 2014
The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014, was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. Read Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa's take on what needs to happen next. more

A New Agenda for a New Ukraine: Political, Security, and Social Dimensions

Jul 17, 2014
Summary from the July 15, 2014 lecture by Kennan Kyiv Office Director, Dr. Yaroslav Pylynskyi, on the best way forward for Ukraine. more

Blurred Identities, Slow Responses, and “Banks vs Tanks” Strategies: The Reasons and Prospects for Ukraine’s Crimean Crisis

Apr 08, 2014
Why was Ukraine so powerless in the occupation and annexation of Crimea? Ukrainians themselves have to find the answers to this question in order to find solutions to the occupation of the peninsula. The comments below discuss the reasons for Ukraine’s vulnerability in its relations with Russia and also examine the ways in which Ukraine should strengthen its sovereignty and ability to protect its statehood. more

In Search of Peace

Apr 07, 2014
A strong state encompasses a whole spectrum of institutions for conflict prevention and management (formal and informal and at the local and national levels). If the state is institutionally weak and illegitimate, conflict will likely occur since the institutional constraints on aggressive predatory behavior are also weak or do not exist at all. The recent conflict in Ukraine illustrates this clearly. more

Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions by Elton Skendaj

Creating Kosovo: International Oversight and the Making of Ethical Institutions

Apr 07, 2014
In shaping the institutions of a new country, what interventions from international actors lead to success and failure? Creating Kosovo highlights efforts to build Kosovo's police force, the central government, courts, and a customs service, and challenges the premise that local “ownership” leads to more effective state bureaucracies. more

The Political Economy of Progressive Tax Reform in Chile

Mar 30, 2014
With the March 11, 2014, inauguration of Michele Bachelet to a second, non-consecutive presidential term, Chile may be on track to enact its most significant tax reform in decades. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.