‘Letting China off the hook’? Dissident released ahead of Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit

     

Scholar and activist Guo Yushan, arrested in January for “illegal business activity” after being detained in October 2014, has been released on bail ahead of Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. next… Read more »

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Timeline: Democracy in Recession

     

In 1974, Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, which overthrew the country’s almost half-century dictatorship, inaugurated the “third wave” of global democratization, notes Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution… Read more »

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Civil society ‘the oxygen of democracy’

     

“Space for Civil Society” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Democracy, an occasion which prompted U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to highlight civil society as “the oxygen of… Read more »

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Ukraine: Putin changing tactics, not strategy

     

Vladimir Putin is shifting fronts in Syria and Ukraine, The Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl writes. His moves prompt the FT’s Neil Buckley to suggest that peace has broken out in… Read more »

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Elections and Governance in Africa: The Way Forward

     

The National Endowment for Democracy invites you to a round table on Elections and Governance in Africa: The Way Forward  Wednesday, September 16 9:30am-11:30am National Endowment for Democracy 1025 F… Read more »

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Are ‘Western values’ losing sway?

     

  Centuries of superiority and global influence appeared to reach a new summit with the collapse of the Soviet Union, as the countries, values and civilization of the West appeared… Read more »

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Searching for Answers to Troubled Democratic Transitions

     

Recent attempted transitions to democracy in the Arab world, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere have met severe headwinds. Can today’s leaders draw on lessons from successful experiences of democratization in previous… Read more »

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In Pakistan, aid efforts yield ‘dubious results’?

     

The United States Agency for International Development, or U.S.A.I.D., has been operating in Pakistan for more than a decade, disbursing billions of dollars. But critics say the aid has had… Read more »

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