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Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

19th-Century General Teaches 21st-Century Economists and Politicians: Arthur Wellesley and the IMF Programs in Portugal

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week, the Prime Minister of Portugal announced the end of the third intervention of the International Monetary Fund in the country since 1978. But the challenges Portugal faces in building a flexible economy will continue.

Four Decades after the 'Third Wave of Democratization' and the Irrelevance of Political Parties' Differences in Portugal: 1974-2014

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In the last forty years, periods of economic growth, stagnation, and recession have occurred in equal measure irrespective of which party held the power.

The Future of Rapid Prototyping

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Gianluca Fiano Remember the replicator that allowed the instantaneous, voice controlled creation of food and other objects? Of course, ...

Innocents Abroad? The University of Wisconsin in Kazakhstan

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In a recent Huffpo column entitled"Hidden Truths About American Colleges Abroad," Jim Sleeper makes some alarming accusations. He draws an analogy be...

The New Role of the Explorer

Stacy Bare | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Stacy Bare

(Photo courtesy of Chris Kassar) In decades past, the role of the explorer, the adventurer, was pretty clear-cut: go to empty spots on the map and f...

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

The Character of Revolution

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

A number of analysts and scholars of the Middle East have argued that the revolutions and uprisings taking place in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria are the first of their kind to take place in the region.

The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Philip N. Howard

There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.

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

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
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?

Why The Glass Is Half-Full

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Deepak Chopra

The point isn't that you have to believe the positive and ignore the negative. The two sides are intimately linked and inescapable. But you can align yourself with the positive side. The vote is cast at the level of consciousness.

From the Arab Spring to a Freedom Summer: A Pan-Democratic Movement and Civic Parliament

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

The spirit of Tahrir Square still lives, but the courageous women and men who took the risks cannot prevail without significant cross-border cooperation and civic foundation-building assistance.

Libya's Future After the No-Fly Zone? It's Complicated.

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

For Libyans who have risked their lives in the name of democracy, the fates have engineered a beneficent reversal as radical as any in history. It's unclear, however, what the ultimate outcome of the allies' intervention will be for democracy.

Israel's Modern Exodus: Faith In Egyptian Democratization

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

The image of Egypt as the land of pagan falsehoods and slavery derived from the Biblical Story of Exodus is the theological root of Western and Israeli skepticism on Egyptian democratization.

Betting on Egyptian Democracy Is Israel's Only Choice

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

It's time for Israel to stop wavering between the theory that it needs to rely on autocratic regimes in the Arab world. Betting on democratization is the only viable choice -- despite the uncertainty involved.

Holding Egypt's Military to Its Pledge of Democratic Reform

Louis Klarevas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Klarevas

The U.S., a long-time supporter of Egypt's military, must make it clear that we will not tolerate the use of American weapons to prop up any more authoritarian regimes in Egypt.

Obama's Woodrow Wilson Moment

Kate Seelye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Seelye

In the context of unfolding events in Egypt and throughout the region, Woodrow Wilson offers an important lesson for President Obama and his administration.

Egypt the Day After

Scott MacLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott MacLeod

The Obama administration, and the rest of the world, must get used to the idea that there is a new Egypt and a new Middle East. The old order that was so comforting to Washington is over.

America, Sri Lanka, and the Future of Democracy in Asia

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

While a narrow view of what constitutes democratic government has periodically impeded U.S. foreign relations, particularly in Asia and the Middle Eas...

New Turkey

Stephen Kinzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Kinzer

Turkey's vote on Sunday further strengthened its credentials as a model of capitalist democracy in the Muslim world -- a model the West needs to promote as an antidote to extremism.

Toronto Fashion Week: A Fragmented Fall

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Marissa Bronfman

Fashion insiders and online voices are fixated on Canadian design stars who have no intention of staying at home -- because they can't survive without wooing the rest of the world.

The Internet's Love Affair with WebTV

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Information is a commodity. It's an article of trade that is valued above all other products and services. Information has always been coveted but con...

Did Obama's Address Remind Anyone Else of the the Season Opener of Glee?

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

The partisan dynamics currently at play on Capitol Hill resemble a high school full of cliques, power differentials, and image-conscious participants more than a democratic problem-solving body.

Living and Dying American

Stephen Herrington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen Herrington

Back then a typical Republican was to the left of the Clintons. Nixon was a transition. It took Reagan to really define the world in which we now live, in which merit is no longer of value.