Category: Democratic institutions

Dilemmas of Reform in Arab Transitions

     

  Arab states in transition are confronted with a seemingly intractable task: rebuilding state institutions and social contracts in an era of global change, notes analyst Yezid Sayigh. Conventional approaches… Read more »

Islamists corrosive to Pakistan’s fragile democracy

     

On Easter Sunday, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), killed over 72 people and wounded hundreds in an attack on a Lahore park, demonstrating that the… Read more »

Insurgency Trap? Labor unrest rattles China’s ruling party

     

An upsurge in industrial militancy is rattling China’s ruling Communist Party, CNN reports. A 2010 strike at the Nanhai Honda car plant in southern China was a turning point for… Read more »

Ukrainians seeing corruption ‘way too often’

     

  Three major parliamentary parties have agreed to form a new coalition on March 29 and nominate parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Hroysman to be Ukraine’s new prime minister, according to Radio… Read more »

How to resolve Russia’s constitutional crisis

     

  Russia is at a constitutional turning point. The outcome of this moment—an anti-constitutional coup or the beginning of a long effort aimed at the restoration of constitutional freedoms and… Read more »

The Great Fall of China?

     

  Unless the Chinese Communist party’s general secretary, Xi Jinping, introduces major political reforms, the economy will tank and the party will crumble, David Shambaugh argues in “China’s Future.” The… Read more »

Why it’s wrong to say the Arab Spring failed

     

  Simply dismissing the uprisings [of the Arab Spring] as a failure does not capture how fully they have transformed every dimension of the region’s politics, argues Marc Lynch, a… Read more »

Authoritarianism Goes Global

     

A new global competition in “soft power” is underway between democracy and autocracy, but only one side seems to be competing seriously, according to Christopher Walker, Marc F. Plattner and Larry Diamond,… Read more »

Let Cubans decide

     

  Members of the Christian Liberation (MCL) and the project Movement Cuba Decides delivered Thursday to the National Assembly over 10,000 signatures of citizens requesting a plebiscite for Cubans to decide on the… Read more »