Democratic Transition News

Report: Majority of Libyans Support Islamic Law

Sep 20, 2013
A majority of both Libyan men and women prefer Islamic law to be adopted as a main source of governance rather than the sole source, according to a new survey by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Some 54 percent of women think Sharia law would improve women’s rights, compared with 68 percent of men.

The Zardari Legacy

Sep 13, 2013
Zardari's legacy will be the strengthening of the democratic process. Out of office, he can now work on rebuilding the PPP so that the party can seek a mandate from the people during the next election to actually govern and deliver -- something it was not allowed to do last time, writes Farahnaz Ispahani.

Widespread Discontent with Tunisian Leaders

Sep 13, 2013
More than two years after the Jasmine Revolution, nearly three quarters of Tunisians are dissatisfied with how democracy is working, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Tunisians are especially critical of their political leaders. Both secular and Islamist political parties also suffered declines in popularity.

Latin American Program in the News: Augusto Pinochet's Military Coup Observed In Chile 40 Years Later

Sep 12, 2013
This article reflects on the impact that the Chilean military coup, led by Augusto Pinochet, continues to have on Chilean society and its' political system 40 years later. Cynthia Arnson discusses the role the U.S. played in the coup and the impact is has had on the intelligence community.

Islamists Endure in Egypt’s New Political Map

Sep 09, 2013
The political map of Egypt is slowly changing. As events continue to unfold following the June 30 and then the July 3 coup, there are emerging new realities that may have an impact on the future of the country for years to come.

Global Europe Research Grant Competition

Sep 06, 2013
The Wilson Center's Global Europe program is offering research scholarships available to American citizens in the early stages of their academic careers (generally before tenure but after Ph.D.) or to scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. The research grant supports work on policy relevant projects on East Europe. While Southeast Europe remains a primary focus, projects on Central Europe and the Baltic states are again eligible. Projects should focus on fields in the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology. The deadline for the next grant cycle is: December 1, 2013.

Dalia Ziada on Egypt’s Turmoil

Sep 04, 2013
Dalia Ziada is an award-winning human rights activist and the executive director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo, Egypt. She analyzed the ouster of the Islamists in the following interview.

Latin American Program in the News: Polémica iniciativa del partido oficialista de ecuador para lograr reelección indefinida en el país

Sep 03, 2013
Cynthia Arnson is interviewed on NTN24 about the political climates across Latin America and indefinite elections in Ecuador and other countries across the region.

Islamists Under Fire

Aug 27, 2013
In stark contrast to the euphoria after elections two years ago, Islamist political parties across the Middle East now face escalating challenges to their rule. The main drama is playing out in Egypt between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. But Islamist parties in Tunisia, Libya are also under pressure from emboldened opposition movements.

Region’s Hardliners Will Take Heart

Aug 15, 2013
The military government that is fast taking shape in Egypt will strengthen the hands of the hardliners across the region, writes Haleh Esfandiari in The New York Times.

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