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Democracy Promotion

Muddling Through in Mauritania: The Long, Long Road From Revenue Transparency to Government Accountability

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.15.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

What do iron and fish have in common? Answer: Mauritania, a largely desert country of less than four million people in north-western Africa, is immens...

Framing Obama's Democracy Promotion Legacy

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 12.30.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

Kerry and Blinken both mention Burma, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. It's unlikely that this is a coincidence and is worth considering when one ponders the president's 2016 travel schedule.

US Should Rethink 'Democracy Promotion' in Southern Africa

Jeffrey T. Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jeffrey T. Smith

Given that the prevailing environment in southern Africa is characterized by widespread democratic backsliding, it is high time that the United States both reevaluates and reshapes its strategy in the region.

Echos of Leadership

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Aside from the undeniable merit of his views, consider the actual language used. Serious. Intelligent. Thought-provoking. Wouldn't it be something if a sizable number of our politicians would actually talk like that today? Imagine how different the national debate might be.

Dancing With Dictators

Rajan Menon | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

How exactly do you convince a population that's energized by having at long last deposed a dictator to hold off on elections until the conditions are right? Who decides what those conditions are and when they are present in sufficient strength?

10 Years Later: Washington Did Not Change Much

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Mohamed Elmenshawy

A decade doesn't change much in Washington. After the tragedy of 9/11, Americans chose not to understand the nature and the motivation behind these h...

Joshua Hersh

Egyptian Activists See Hypocrisy In BART Shutdown, London Riots | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.16.2011 | World

The Egyptian activists are calling it "muBARTak." When authorities from Bay Area Rapid Transit decided, last week, to cut off cell phone service in...

Promoting Democracy Is Not Imposing Democracy

Michael W. Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael W. Doyle

Democracy is best promoted peacefully. It spreads by good example, by incentives and assistance. Promoting democracy is done best when it is done indirectly through trade, investment, and foreign aid.

Dispatches from Today's Elections in Egypt

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shadi Hamid

I'm in Cairo covering today's elections. I spent the day going from one polling station to another talking mostly to Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporter...

Election Protection in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

This Saturday, I'll be stepping off a plane in Dubai along with several dozen other Americans, on the way to Kabul for a mission to monitor elections for the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower house of Parliament.

One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

I was one of millions around the world who watched last summer's Green Revolution unfolding on the streets of Iran with high hopes for a swift and blo...

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

Nicaragua: Déjà Coup All Over Again?

Javier Corrales | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Javier Corrales

This week, the United States helped bring an end to a serious political crisis in Honduras. A similar crisis is now brewing in Nicaragua, but this time, the United States won't be as lucky.

The Importance of 'Democracy Promotion'

J. Brian Atwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
J. Brian Atwood

The overly enthusiastic embrace of "democracy promotion" by the Bush administration could have smothered that phrase for years to come. But fortunately, Obama has resisted temptations to abandon it.

What Have We Done to Democracy?

Arundhati Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arundhati Roy

What happens now that democracy and the free market have fused into a single predatory organism with a thin, constricted imagination that revolves almost entirely around the idea of maximizing profit?

Beating Back the Democratization Backlash

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

There is no necessary connection between soft-pedaling democracy promotion and advancing core American interests. Failing to advance democracy is in itself harmful to these interests.

Freed Academic Haleh Esfandiari: 'Iranians Want Evolution, Not Revolution'

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Every two or three years, there has been a wave of protests like this in Iran. But this time I think there has been a fundamental change.

Mubarak: Autocrat With Chutzpah

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Fisher

The Mubarak regime has repeatedly used the Israeli-Palestinian impasse as a fig-leaf to obscure its own monumental deficiencies -- and later used Bush's "war on terror" mantra as an even more dramatic cover story. Does this sound like the job description of an honest broker?

What the Neocons Don't Get about Freedom

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Signer

A key aspect of constitutionalism is that it begins and ends with the people, rather than rhetoric, institutions, or leaders. Thus the genius of Obama's policy of actual democracy promotion.

The Green Revolution Belongs to the Iranians, Not the United States

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

To seriously question the Iranians' ownership of their struggle serves the interests of a brutal regime and risks undermining the morale of individuals participating in a true peoples' movement.

Teaching Transformational Diplomacy and Making "Democracy" a Good Word Again

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Ever since Bush launched a crusade to democratize parts of the world by force, sometimes with sanctions and sometimes guns, I have struggled with the question of how to get "tranformational diplomacy" right.

How Obama Can Improve the World

Jason Pielemeier | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jason Pielemeier

Yale World Fellows advise Barack Obama on his first term, with tips on how he can transform the energy economy, advice on Afghanistan, and suggestions for how he can help create a global democracy.

Is "Ideology" Bad When it Comes to Foreign Policy?

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shadi Hamid

In the realm of foreign policy, "Ideology" is getting a bad name. "Pragmatism" is, apparently, all the rage. Problem is we aren't being careful with our terms.

A Great Text for Reformers

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Anyone who believes that the United States can march into a country, topple its regime, and build a prosperous democracy, ought to read, study and read again Imperial Life in the Emerald City.

Attacks on Gene Sharp and Albert Einstein Institution Unwarranted

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Sharp has inspired generations of progressives around the world. So why are foreign governments claiming that he and his small research institute are key players in a Bush administration plot against them?