Category: Democratic institutions

Violence against Morocco’s women poses constitutional test

     

After more than three decades of advocacy, the women’s movement in Morocco, supported by a large segment of civil society, has had high expectations that the long awaited Combating Violence… Read more »

Youthful dissent challenges Angola’s elite

     

Angola’s ruling elites are no more or less corrupt than their Western counterparts. Or that at least was the claim of H.E. Antonio Luvualu de Carvalho, the regime’s Roaming Ambassador,… Read more »

Mission Failure? America in the Post-Cold War Era

     

In the wake of the Cold War something unique in modern American history and rare in the historical experience of any great power occurred: The United States faced no serious… Read more »

Why the experts get Russia wrong

     

Why has divining Russia’s political future been so hard? asks Timothy Frye, the Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. It is a challenge not because of the supposedly… Read more »

Venezuela: uprising, referendum or coup?

     

Popular uprising? Recall referendum? Coup d’état? Associated Press asks: Venezuela’s economic meltdown has become so dire that few political analysts believe President Nicolas Maduro will manage to finish his term,… Read more »

Why Tunisia’s Ennahda rejected Islamist ‘ideology of failure’

     

  How to explain the shift in Tunisia’s Ennahda movement, which has formally stepped away from the radical Islamism of its past to divide itself into a civil political party and… Read more »

Tunisia’s Ennahda ditches political Islam

     

In the days after the fall of the regime of Tunisia‘s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, the long-exiled founder of the Ennahda movement Rached Ghannouchi (left) made a… Read more »

A Strategy for Democratic Renewal

     

Democracy is being challenged today as never before since the end of Cold War, notes Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy. Freedom House has recorded ten consecutive… Read more »

New fault-lines over moral matters at UN

     

A traditionalist coalition comprising autocratic states like Russia alongside the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which groups 57 mainly Muslim lands, has been rallying its forces against LGBT rights, The Economist notes:… Read more »

Reconciliation, mobilizing civil society key to Ukraine’s future

     

The European Union and the Ukrainian government have launched the “Association4U/Association for Ukraine and for You” joint project, which aims to support the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The… Read more »