Reforming the Russian court system requires transforming it into a more independent and transparent branch of government.
Fixing the image problem of U.S. democracy promotion won't happen by curtailing aid programs. The only remedy is to change the actions that damaged its image in the first place.
In Russia the expansion of jury trials is necessary in order to ensure the rule of law and to develop free and responsible citizens.
The fragile Pakistani government must reform the country's intelligence agencies to fully transition out of military rule and strengthen Pakistan's nascent democracy.
As President Obama’s foreign policy agenda takes shape, selling the pretense of radical change has required some sleight of hand -- and a helpful press corps. In reality, the basic goals and premises of U.S. policy have not shifted.
Previous abuses of power by Pakistani regimes and intelligence agencies make reforms imperative. With patience, resolve, and assistance from the international community, Pakistan’s government can reassert civilian control over the intelligence community.
Democracy assistance, once a bipartisan initiative, has come under threat in recent years, but the Obama administration has a unique opportunity to effectively promote democracy around the world.
Roundtable debate with Marcel Pott, Marina Ottaway and Guido Steinberg on engaging the Gulf to bring about peace in the Middle East.
The Obama administration must disassociate the United States from the damaging elements of the Bush legacy on democracy promotion without embracing an overly pessimistic view of democratic decline.
Good news on democratization, though often less visible, has occurred in roughly equal proportion to bad news. By taking on this more balanced perspective, the Obama administration can ensure that unnecessary pessimism does not hinder important U.S. support for democracy around the world.