Category: Democratic Transitions

Lessons from Egypt’s failed revolution for Algeria and Sudan

     

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has called for a “quick” democratic transition in Sudan as he met the country’s ruling generals and protest leaders, days after a deadly crackdown killed… Read more »

Sudan crackdown reflects internal power struggle

     

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Khartoum this morning for talks with the head of Sudan’s ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led pro-democracy protests, yesterday… Read more »

Taliban talks must protect Afghan state structure & citizens’ rights

     

To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the existing talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to negotiate with a sober understanding of the Taliban… Read more »

Solidarity? Poland’s democracy anniversary exposes divisions

     

The struggle for freedom against tyranny in Poland in 1989 was defined by a single word: solidarity. Workers and union leaders, teachers and students, church leaders and intellectuals united in… Read more »

Violent repression of Sudan’s civilian movement sends ‘ominous message’ for region’s democratic ambitions

     

At least 13 protesters were killed and several others injured on Monday when the Sudanese military opened fire to break up a sit-in, according to a local doctors’ union, CNN reports:… Read more »

‘Most successful democracy promotion exercise in history’ in jeopardy?

     

Some European Union member states from Central and Eastern Europe may now be at odds with Brussels, but “the European accession process was by far the most successful democracy promotion… Read more »

Why Solidarity prevailed: commitment to democratic norms

     

Karol Modzelewski, a historian who became a driving force in Solidarity, the labor movement that helped topple the Communist regime in Poland, and its first spokesman, died on April 28… Read more »

What – or who – is holding back Sudan’s transition?

     

Sudan’s alliance of opposition and protest groups held a general strike on Tuesday as tensions mounted with the country’s military rulers over the transition to democracy, Reuters reports. Pro-democracy and civil society… Read more »

Four scenarios for ending Venezuela’s crisis

     

It’s been four months since Venezuela’s National Assembly declared its president, Juan Guaidó, interim president. He would constitutionally succeed President Nicolás Maduro (2013-present), whose 2018 re-re-election has been widely seen as fraudulent,… Read more »

Democracies under pressure: how and why citizens are disenchanted

     

The idea of democracy has revolutionized the world. It is based on a political order whose main feature is making the exercise of power subject to the consent of the… Read more »