Democratic Transition

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?

Belarus Before Elections

As Belarus heads towards presidential elections in October, the NGO Pact, with the assistance of USAID, brought a delegation of Belarusian civic activists and policy analysts to Washington, DC. They gave a briefing on trends in the politics, economy, and civil society of Belarus and discussed the post-election prognosis. Although political leadership is unlikely to change, the domestic and international implications of the Ukraine crisis are changing Belarus' trajectory. 

Kerry in Cuba: Can Relations Become “Normal”?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will take an historic trip to Havana, Cuba on August 14th to raise the stars and stripes at the U.S. embassy for the first time in over 50 years. He will be the first Secretary of State to travel there in 70 years. His visit brings to a close the first stage of diplomatic normalization with Cuba that began last December when Presidents Obama and Castro announced their intentions to do so.

Tehran’s Promise

As the diplomacy on Iran’s nuclear program entered a final phase, in Europe, I visited the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, the ideologue of Iran’s 1979 revolution, in Tehran. One of the grandest mausoleums in the world—its shimmering dome is visible for miles—was under expansion. The Imam’s bare receiving room, in his home, was preserved after he died, in 1989, in tribute to his modesty, but renovations at his tomb featured vaulted ceilings, lined with intricate mosaics, that soared stories high, and epic arches adorned with tiles in many shades of blue.

'Burundi: How Should the International Community Respond?': Steve McDonald Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice

When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change.

Infographic: The Results are in: Mexico's Midterm Elections

 

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