Category: National Endowment for Democracy

Peru’s fragile democracy still faces twin threats from Fujimorismo

     

Peru’s presidential election hung in the balance on Monday, with the economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (left) holding the narrowest of leads over Keiko Fujimori, daughter of a disgraced former president, The Financial Times… Read more »

27 years after Tiananmen, an opportunity for a political opening

     

Tens of thousands of people gathered in a Hong Kong park on Saturday evening to do what people across the border in mainland China could not: commemorate the anniversary of… Read more »

Russia’s election countdown: ‘No one untouchable’ on violations?

     

The head of Russia ‘s Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, said that an interdepartmental working group is being set up to quickly react to election violations, the Moscow Times reports:… Read more »

Countering violent extremism in Pakistan

     

The drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour confirms that the U.S. will chase and hunt down terrorists who seek refuge in Pakistan, says Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S… Read more »

Nigeria ‘running on empty’?

     

A former Nigerian military dictator has just won a historic democratic election and is sworn in amidst tremendous international and domestic goodwill, notes analyst Amaka Anku. He immediately goes to… Read more »

Hard-liners rebound: no more nonsense about ‘moderation’ in Iran

     

Backers of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to improve the economy and relations with the West, won a sizeable minority in a parliament that has been under the… Read more »

Why public opinion matters for movement organizing

     

Although public opinion research can make a valuable contribution to movement organizing, it is a relatively untested technique in many new and emerging democracies, notes Lauren Kitz, a Program Officer… Read more »

Afghanistan: time to wage war for peace?

     

Contrary to expert expectations and the predictions of many analysts, the death of the Taliban’s leader brought about almost no struggle for succession in the group, notes Moh. Sayed Madadi,… Read more »

O.A.S. rebuke cites threats to Venezuela’s democracy

     

The Organization of American States said Tuesday that it had begun taking steps against Venezuela to defend democracy in the region, a rare rebuke once reserved for countries undergoing crises like coups…. Read more »

Reversing democracy’s retreat? Reasons to be hopeful

     

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