Democratic Transition News

Political Demography at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Apr 04, 2012
The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline has been extended until May 18, 2012.

Democratic Reforms in the Western Balkans Can Benefit from the EU and NATO Accession Processes

Feb 07, 2012
European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis was recently quoted in the Italian on-line newspaper Affaritaliani assessing the benefits of European enlargement in the Western Balkans. In an article by Massimiliano Santalucia titled "The Balkan countries break into Europe. Montenegro and Serbia in the EU Soon," Gelazis discussed the pros and cons of admitting the former Yugoslav countries to the EU.

Call for Nominations: 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Jan 17, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Taiwan to Hold Pivotal Elections on January 14

Jan 17, 2012
A commentary on the January 14 elections in Taiwan by East Asia Program Associate Bryce Wakefield.

2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee Nabeel Rajab is featured in Foreign Policy

Dec 07, 2011
Rajab sat down on Dec. 4 for an exclusive interview with The Cable. His main message was that the Obama administration's defense of the Bahraini government, including a new push to sell it more weapons, is sowing seeds of distrust and resentment of the United States among the Bahraini people. He urged the Obama administration to use its influence in Bahrain to press the regime for improvements on human rights.

Nabeel Rajab, 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award recipient is featured on NPR

Dec 02, 2011
Rajab, a leading Bahraini human rights activist, was among those targeted by the government and discusses his encounters with the Bahraini government forces during the uprising this spring on NPR.

Exorcizing the Islamic Ghost Haunting North Africa

Nov 29, 2011
The victory of moderate Islamist parties in parliamentary elections, first in Tunisia and now in Morocco, confirms the most significant change wrought so far by the Arab revolts of this past year-- their emergence into the mainstream of Arab politics as leading players. Whether these elections will exorcize the “Islamic ghost” haunting North Africa, Europe, and the United States remains to be seen, but initial signs are mostly promising.
Jane Harman

Tunisian Elections Set Positive Precedent for Arab World

Oct 24, 2011
Jane Harman gives CNN "American Morning" her reaction from Tunis to the October 23, 2011 national elections in Tunisia.
Jane Harman

Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

Sep 21, 2011
Jane Harman discusses the situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan on the eve of the UN General Assembly with Fox News's Jenna Lee.

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