Table of Contents
- The State of Democracy
- Supporting Rule of Law Development
- Development Aid and Politics
Analyzing how the Trump presidency has increasingly corroded U.S. support for democracy abroad and outlining how various constituencies can mitigate the damage.
Contending that U.S. efforts to promote democracy should not be equated with Russia’s election meddling.
Arguing that the 2017 National Security Strategy reveals much that democracy and rights advocates can use to work within the Trump administration’s stated priorities.
Underscoring that despite severe strain on U.S. democracy policy, it is premature to write off the United States as a key supporter of global democracy.
Arguing that the inseparability of U.S. values and interests, as well as bipartisan consensus in support of democracy promotion, will constrain the Trump administration’s inclination to dismantle democracy support.
Proposing strategies for civic actors to build and defend their legitimacy in the face of increasing attacks by hostile governments.
Highlighting that the alarming trend of closing space for civil society has a direct but underappreciated link to the problem of state fragility.
Examining how Western public and private funders are responding to the increasing restrictions on support for civil society around the world.
Assessing the scope and causes of the global pushback against democracy and rights support and outlining potential responses.
Critically examining civil society assistance as a tool of democracy promotion.
Discussing how to counter growing skepticism in Washington about the value and wisdom of democracy promotion.
Arguing that international efforts to bolster women’s political empowerment can serve as a critical lever to promote broader change when strategically tailored to address varied transitional contexts.
Arguing that the role of rising, non-Western democracies in democracy support should not be prematurely discounted.
Setting an agenda for innovative, practical work on transparency and accountability.
Urging the U.S. democracy assistance community to relate their work abroad to the problems of U.S. democracy.
Evaluating the growing domain of non-Western forces influencing political transitions around the world.
Exploring Egypt’s repeated violations of almost all received ‘best practices’ of democratic transitions and the implications for aid providers seeking to help transitional actors learn from others.
A forward-looking assessment of challenges and opportunities in U.S. democracy promotion.
Evaluating progress in governance assistance.
Identifying and assessing the new role of non-Western actors in democracy support.
Suggesting closer connections between academic research and democracy assistance.
A critique and suggested renovation of U.S. democracy assistance programs.
Arguing against the idea that democratization should wait for economic development.
Debate forum over the “Sequencing Fallacy” article.
Comprehensively assessing political party assistance.
Calling attention to the backlash against democracy assistance in multiple parts of the world.
Further analyzing the backlash.
Identifying the tension between U.S. democracy promotion and the U.S. War on Terror.
Analyzing the tension between democracy promotion abroad and the troubled state of democracy in the United States and Western Europe.
Reflecting on the state of democracy aid and the central dilemma it faces for the future.
Taking stock of the Obama administration’s approach to democracy promotion.
Distinguishing two major approaches to democracy support and analyzing their place in U.S. and European assistance efforts.
Taking stock of the longer-term evolution of democracy assistance.
Comprehensively analyzing George W. Bush’s approach to democracy promotion and proposing an alternative path.
Assessing democracy promotion under President Clinton.
Providing an early comprehensive account of the democracy assistance field.
Offering a comprehensive, multi-dimensional analysis of the workings and failings of U.S. democracy assistance and addressing the value, strategies, methods, and future of such work.
Comprehensively analyzing U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion in Latin America during the Reagan presidency.
Assessing the Egyptian opposition under Morsi and providing comparative perspective.
Cautioning against simplistic analogies to 1989.
Comparative reflections on the outbreak of political upheaval in the Arab world.
Warning against partisanship vis-à-vis Islamists in Egypt.
Offering a comparison between political change in Egypt and Indonesia.
Critiquing the idea that the Bush administration strongly emphasized supporting Arab democracy.
A wide-ranging examination of the challenge of supporting democracy in the Arab world.
Questioning a direct link between supporting democracy and reducing terrorism.
Warning against the idea of rapid democratization in Iraq and the Arab world generally.
Arguing that public outrage over corruption has become perhaps the most powerful driver of political change around the world and is reshaping global politics for the better.
Challenging the pessimism that pervades current discussions of global democracy and highlighting that the state of democracy is not uniformly dire, especially outside the West.
Analyzing the nature and impact of the global protest phenomenon.
A collaborative exploration of why new technologies that offer powerful tools for empowerment have not delivered more democracy.
Contending with Zakaria’s arguments about the rise of illiberal democracy and the problem of too much democracy too soon.
Rethinking how to understand political transitions.
Debate forum over “The End of the Transition Paradigm.”
Identifying common analytic mistakes in rule of law promotion.
Taking a comprehensive look at rule of law assistance.
Pointing to the weak base of knowledge for rule of law assistance.
Identifying the surge of interest in rule of law support.
Probing the solidity of the apparent broad consensus around four core development principles.
Analyzing the complex relationship between politics and development aid and exploring how aid providers can think and act politically.
Examining the persistent separation between democracy aid and socioeconomic aid.
Commentaries on “The Elusive Synthesis.”