Global politics are coming to be dominated by identity rather than ideology.
Despite the possibility for real democratic change, Zimbabwe’s July election has elevated another despot in Mugabe’s mold.
International engagement will be critical to the success of Nigeria’s February elections, but its international partners—in particular the United States—appear less engaged than they were four years ago.
In both the United States and Europe, voters are losing faith in established democratic institutions.
Liberal democracy is in crisis where it was long thought most securely established. In both Western Europe and the United States, polls suggest voters are losing faith in democratic institutions.
Tunisia’s political challenges are in many ways typical of transitional states, but the country also possesses unusual advantages and opportunities.
The troubling path of post-Cold War history has led to the current state of global democratic crisis.
European donors should persist with a localist approach in Syria, but efforts should generate an inclusive notion of democratic citizenship rather than just support the liberal-moderate opposition.
The United States has fallen behind in women’s political representation, but some European practices may offer a solution.
To increase women’s representation in politics, the United States should learn from European experience with electoral systems, candidate recruitment, campaign finance, and workplace culture.