Democratic Transition News

Islamists Struggle to Match Religious Values to Politics

May 28, 2014
Mainstream Islamist movements across the Arab world have struggled to close the gap — or, really, even define the gap — between religious ideals and the mundane realities of everyday politics.

Latin American Program in the News: Un país partido en dos

May 26, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed about the recent Colombian elections. This interview is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombian Presidential Candidate Stumbles Over Campaign Allegations

May 24, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about the Colombian elections.

Latin American Program in the News: Foro Interamericano

May 23, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed on Foro Interamericano, a segment by Voz de América, about the Colombian elections. This interview is in Spanish.

The Best Role for Kiev Provisional Government? Exiting.

May 21, 2014
Somewhere between the federal principles espoused by the provisional government and the demand for regional sovereignty displayed in the Donetsk and Luhansk referendums lies a middle ground that may resolve this crisis, writes Will Pomeranz.
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Beyond the Current Crisis: The Big Picture in Venezuela

May 08, 2014
Demonstrators in Venezuela blame President Nicolás Maduro for "mismanaging" the economy of the oil-rich country and have said they will continue protesting until he resigns. But problems such as lack of security, high crime rates, and frustration with the country's poor economic situation did not begin when Maduro took office. In this edition of CONTEXT, Margarita López Maya looks at the big picture in Venezuela. How did it get to this point and what will it take to solve problems that have persisted for many years?

A Positive Surprise in Afghanistan

Apr 21, 2014
Senior Scholar Marvin Ott discusses the recent elections in Afghanistan.

Latin American Program in the News: "Viva el Populísmo? The Tense Future of Latin American Politics"

Apr 21, 2014
Drawing on their 2013 book "Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century," Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson and Carlos de la Torre examine recent political developments in Latin America in this article in Foreign Affairs.

What Afghanistan's Relatively Peaceful Election Tells Us About the Taliban

Apr 11, 2014
After weeks of relentless attacks by the Taliban many feared that the Afghan election would be a very bloody one. Yet, the 7 million people who turned out to vote largely escaped harm. Here's the likely explanation.

4 Reasons Elections Won't Fix Afghanistan

Apr 03, 2014
No matter how free, fair, credible, and legitimate the election ultimately is (or is not), Afghanistan has a long way to go before it becomes a more stable state. Here are four reasons why.

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