Democracy News

Defeated in Bihar: Where does the BJP go from here?

Nov 12, 2015
The resounding defeat of India’s ruling party in a key state election could send the country down a dangerous path.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nov 06, 2015
"The statements of both Sharif and Aziz raise legitimate questions about whether and why Pakistani policy in the seemingly intractable Afghan peace process has evolved behind those curtains that keep it in deep shadows," writes William Milam.

Are Ghanaians Fed-Up With Democracy?

Nov 05, 2015
Are Ghanaians fed-up with democracy? According to a recent survey the answer is yes, with findings indicating declining support for the government and lack of trust in institutions.

Myanmar Elections Preview

Nov 04, 2015
Wilson Center Asia Program Fellow, Renaud Egreteau, provides a preview of the upcoming elections in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

Strengthening the MACCIH: Next Steps in Honduras’ Fight against Corruption and Impunity

Nov 04, 2015
The next few weeks will be critical in the fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras. The Organization of American States (OAS) will send a technical mission to Honduras next week to begin fleshing out the details of the proposed Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). Will the final agreement between the OAS and the gsovernment of Honduras — which is to be finalized in December — include the political independence necessary to tackle difficult, politically sensitive corruption cases, or will it simply provide window dressing that covers the cancer growing on the Honduran state?

Foreign Electoral Assistance as a Strategy for Peace Building in Post-Conflict Societies

Nov 03, 2015
Once a peace treaty is signed and elections are scheduled, stability and peace is not guaranteed.

Six thoughts and observations on Guatemala’s second round of elections

Oct 22, 2015
With just days until Guatemala’s second round of elections, presidential candidates Jimmy Morales and Sandra Torres are hurriedly shoring up support and getting their messages out to voters. These elections are historic, coming at a moment of disillusionment with the political establishment following the resignation and subsequent arrest of former President Otto Pérez Molina for his alleged participation in a multi-million dollar corruption network. Guatemalans turned out in record numbers in the first round of elections on September 6 and the charged political atmosphere suggests they will do so again.

What Does Canada’s New PM Mean for the US?

Oct 22, 2015
"Trudeau presents an optimistic view of economic growth that embraces new trade agreements and diversification of trading partners, expansion of energy infrastructure, including pipelines, and strong support for clean technology and climate change mitigation," writes Laura Dawson.

Jamil Hasanli to Receive 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Oct 20, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Canada’s New Prime Minister

Oct 20, 2015
Wilson Center Canada Institute Director Laura Dawson analyzes Canada’s surprising election results and provides a profile of new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.