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Democracy, You're Fired!

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 09.03.2016 | Home
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

How the Republican presidential nominee is undermining democratic norms at home and abroad. By Michael Goldfien If elected president, Donald Trum...

Fighting Autocracy with Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.11.2016 | Home
Harry Boyte

We need to name and advance resources for democracy these days. Deborah Meier, in our blog conversation in Education Week about democracy in schools (...

Revisiting Kafka's Castle in New Turkey

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 03.11.2015 | Home
Alparslan Akkuş

In today's Turkey, the controversial 1150-room palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dubbed AK Saray, is no less than Kafka's Castle in terms of its absurdity.

Even the Ruler of Hungary Needs an Independent Third Sector

Jon Van Til | Posted 08.20.2014 | Home
Jon Van Til

In both the long and short run, Hungary is likely to suffer from the majoritarian zeal of Orban's desire to run it all. Even the strongest ruler stands to benefit from citizen interest in resolving society's problems.

Systematic Torture, Syria and the Human Body -- My Father

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

However, how much longer can the regime sustain itself on gruesome tactics when the numbers of resistors have grown exponentially and will only continue to increase?

The Dignity Revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia -- and America?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carla Seaquist

We Americans might, for a switch, take a cue from the Arab street. The whole world would benefit incalculably by embracing what those lion-hearted protesters are demanding: Dignity.

How an Arab Autocrat Falls

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sohrab Ahmari

As the events unfolding in Tunisia demonstrate, the bargain struck by the West with autocrats sitting atop social pressure cookers ready to erupt at any minute is a bad one.

Quest for Bona Fide Democracy: Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Aung San Suu Kyi's release is no trivial event. Her new found freedom is not only a testament to her resilience, but also to the enduring strength of the democratic movement in Burma.

Starving For Food, Thirsting For Freedom

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

When a natural disaster strikes, the world acts immediately. But even though the Darfur death toll continues to climb because of human rights violations, the world is still sitting silently.

The Meaning of the Venezuelan Election Results

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

The Chavez government manipulates rules, laws, and institutions as it sees fit. This has been the case for several years and will be its lasting legacy.

King Klein Keeps Them in Line

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

New York City desperately needs other elected officials, its media, the unions, and a mass movement of teachers and students to resist what is happening.

Obama's Human Rights Opportunity in Singapore

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Amsterdam

Any American president should be horrified by the conditions under which opponents of the regime in Singapore have been harassed. The APEC summit presents an opportunity to set the record straight.

McCain: House Is "Almost Under Autocracy" With Speaker Pelosi

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

During an appearance on a local radio station in Phoenix, AZ this morning, a caller asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) when Republican leaders were going t...