Democracy Publications

149. Why Some Succeed and Others Fail: Eight Years of Transition In Eastern Europe

Jul 07, 2011
January 1998 - The spectacular collapse of state socialism in Eastern Europe in 1989 was greeted by social scientists and regional experts with considerable caution. The tasks facing the region in order to create liberal democracies and market economies seemed enormous. In the past, Eastern Europe functioned as the continent's unstable and backward periphery, and then it had been reshaped by decades of communist domination. By 1989, the region was experiencing fast economic decline. Any change was bound to be slow and difficult. more

9. Debating the Nature of Dissent in Eastern Europe

Jul 07, 2011
In the past generation so much has happened in this region that many of the old categories of description and analysis were sterile, perhaps redundant. Not only had new issues arisen about which little had been written in the West, but the very terms in which social debate in Eastern Europe is now undertaken have undergone radical transformation. Some fresh overall assessment of these changes is called for. This paper has been confined to one theme, albeit central; the emergence of new forms of opposition and dissent in this region over the past decade. more

Repensando la Argentina: Antes de diciembre de 2001 y más allá de mayo de 2003

Jul 07, 2011
On April 3, 2003, meeting participants discussed economic policies, Argentina's position in world affairs, Argentine democracy and political parties, culture, education, human rights and civil society. The open discussion led to this publication. more

303. Lessons Learned: from Nationalism to State Building after Communism

Jul 07, 2011
September 2004 - The latest challenges to a world order based on liberalism seem to render the Communist and post-Communist experiences obsolete. Some believe that Communism was so exceptional that, at the end of day, its lessons can teach us little. But I disagree. An enormous wealth of experience can be gained from the communist experiment, its rise, its reign and its fall. Perhaps the most important one is in the field of state and nation building, since no regime before communism had both the drive and the coercive power to impose institutions upon people that were so far from the organic development of both the state and the nation. Although the initial conditions for transformation vary greatly, some clear lessons do emerge out of a comparison between the successful and unsuccessful state-building projects in postcommunist Europe. more

It Always Rains in the Same Place First: Geographic Favoritism in Rural Burundi

Jul 07, 2011
-Field report based on the Wilson Center's Community-Based Leadership Program in Burundi more

Simulation Addressing the FDLR Issue

Jul 07, 2011
À un moment où la situation à l’Est, et plus particulièrement la question relative à la présence de groupes armés étrangers dans la région (FDLR, Interhamwe, Ex-FAR, etc.), fait l’objet de consultations et de débats, tant au sein des hémicycles nationaux (Assemblée nationale et Sénat) qu’avec la communauté internationale (au sein de la MONUC et lors de la visite du Conseil de sécurité du 20 juin dernier), il semblait opportun qu’un exercice informel de cohésion nationale sur la question de ces groupes armés soit organisé dans l’après-midi des 19, 21 et 22 juin 2007. more

"It Always Rains in the Same Place First:" Geographic Favoritism in Rural Burundi

Jul 07, 2011
English; Africa Program Issue Briefing No. 1, July 2005. more

Nouvelles du BLTP No. 1

Jul 07, 2011
Summary of recent Burundi Leadership Training Program Activities, in French only. Published in July, 2004 more

Reflections of His Excellency Paul Kagame on the Tenth Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

Jul 07, 2011
On April 21, 2004, His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, reflected on the tenth anniversary of the tragic genocide in Rwanda. He discussed the root causes of the genocide, the international reaction to the crisis, and the measures that he and his country have been taking to rebuild Rwanda. His presentation was part of Remembering Rwanda, a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the genocide. The program was co-sponsored by the Africa Program, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United States Institute of Peace. more

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The Future of Higher Education

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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.