With counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan drawing to a close, the U.S. military is facing an abrupt transition.
Aiding democratic progress in Africa faces an array of ongoing and emergent challenges, ranging from chronically weak state capacity to rising pressures in some parts of the continent from Islamist extremists.
European support for democracy faces a series of challenges stemming both from the results of the Eurozone crisis and from the difficult state of democracy worldwide. In order to confront these challenges, the EU must rethink its approach.
The global diversity of democratic political system continues to pose practical and analytical challenges to policymakers, advocates and researchers. A new collaborative effort seeks to provide a comprehensive and rigorous approach to the measurement of democracy around the world.
A new lens on development is changing the world of international aid.
After nearly four years of active work seeking to advance U.S. government support for democracy and human rights abroad, Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner is leaving the Obama administration.
International efforts to promote the role of law in developing countries have reached a difficult stage. Despite decades of concerted efforts on the issue of legal empowerment and judicial reform, evidence of success remains sparse.
Few issues elicit the same global consensus as the importance of the rule of law, yet rule of law programming remains one of the most difficult and frustrating areas of international development work, with few best practices established.
Despite their initial inclination to lower the profile of U.S. democracy promotion, President Obama has had to confront a series of urgent, visible democracy issues, from political upheaval in multiple Arab countries and unexpected events in Russia to thwarted elections in Côte d’Ivoire and beyond.
Turkey has a potentially valuable role to play in supporting democracy and state-building in the Arab world, but questions about that role abound.