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.
New European Union members are having a mixed influence on European democracy assistance policies and instruments, with little role in the reform of the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, but an instrumental one in the creation of the European Partnership for Democracy.
The Obama administration can find a positive new way forward on democracy promotion by changing how the United States supports democracy abroad rather than what emphasis to place on it relative to other interests.
The Obama administration needs a new approach to the Caspian region that provides opportunities for local leaders to engage with the United States in economic and political development.
The recent crisis in Gaza, upcoming Israeli elections, and Iraq’s provincial elections are reshaping the political landscape in the Middle East and providing new opportunities for Europe and the United States to play a constructive role.
Moqtada al-Sadr's attempts to keep attention on the United States and to associate his political rivals with it reveal his concerns about remaining relevant in Iraqi politics.
In the past three decades, China’s legal system has undergone significant reform. Although a recent study shows improvement, China’s legal reform remains a work in progress.