Democratic Transition

Five Years In: The Legacy of the Arab Spring

Panel One: The Makeup of Post-Arab Spring Politics

Four experts offered their analysis on the effects of the Arab Spring on political and governance issues in the Middle East and assessed the lasting impacts on the region’s political fabric.

Stand Up for Georgia

With a new prime minister in former foreign and economics minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia has an opportunity to reinvigorate its democracy and economy. But two main challenges lie ahead for him: organizing free and fair parliamentary elections next October while reviving the fortunes of his Georgian Dream coalition, and stimulating the economy and foreign investment. Wedged in a troubled region, Georgia stands out as an emerging democracy. Although Middle East and Russia-Ukraine crises loom large, Western leaders cannot forget Georgia.

Recapping Myanmar’s Historic Election

It took some time to complete the final tabulation, with election workers carrying ballots by foot from some mountainous areas and then loading them into helicopters. But for the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, it was worth the wait. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won 887 seats, or 77.1%, providing Suu Kyi with a majority in both houses of parliament. Asia Program Fellow Renaud Egreteau helps us recap the results and also speaks about the implications for Myanmar’s democracy moving forward. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

 

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory.  As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon:

20 Years after Dayton: International Engagement and Power Sharing in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Dayton-Paris Peace Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina finds itself at a crossroads. The country is engaged in the process of European integration, yet is still a largely inefficient and highly fragmented state. This situation poses a challenge for reform-oriented domestic actors, the international community in general, and the European Union in particular.

Myanmar Elections Preview

Wilson Center Asia Program Fellow, Renaud Egreteau, provides a preview of the upcoming elections in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

Foreign Electoral Assistance in Post-Conflict Settings: Does it Work?

On October 26, 2015, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a discussion on the effectiveness of foreign electoral assistance in post-conflict settings. Mr. Brice Bado, a visiting scholar with the Southern Voices Network* and an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP) in Cote d’Ivoire, presented his research on “Foreign Electoral Assistance in Post-Conflict Settings: Does it Work?” Mr.

A Long Period of Healing – The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy

Alexander Solzhenitsyn once answered the question of what would follow communism: a very, very long period of healing.  Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, former advisor to Vaclav Havel and Pope John Paul II, reflects on the transition from communism to democracy and the important role of churches and faith-based communities in the process. Could the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world?

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