Democracy and Governance

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    A League of Democracies

    Carnegie's Thomas Carothers gives an in-depth interview on the proposed "League of Democracies" with Dallas’ NPR-affiliate, KERA. Carothers discusses the problems a league or concert of democracies would face in defining and selecting democratic member states—further undermining the credibility of U.S. democracy promotion efforts around the world.

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    Rakhimov's Double Mutiny

    It would seem that we have a double mutiny on the great ship of state. Rakhimov showed no mercy in squashing the revolt aimed at his presidency. It remains to be seen whether Medvedev will be able to put down Rakhimov's defiance of the Kremlin.

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    When and How Will Kazakhstan Become A Democracy?

    Kazakhstan’s road to becoming a democratic society has certainly been laid with twists and turns, more slowly than necessary and with no shortage of temporary road-blocks along the way. When it will be completed is still not clear. Much depends on the will of the man who is the lead planner for its construction, who seems reluctant to define his task as completed.

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    Waiting for a Democratic Godot in the Kremlin

    Dmitri Trenin explains that like Putin, Dimtry Medvedev seeks to pit U.S. economic and military power against the authority of existing international law. Moscow’s ultimate objective is to “replace U.S. hegemony with an oligarchy of the new global powers.”

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    Palestinian Presidential Elections

    A presidential election in Palestine will not take place until Fatah and Hamas reach consensus—and Israel permits it—resulting in a deadlock with no clear path toward political reconciliation. In a question and answer guide, Nathan Brown offers an analysis of Palestinian law and the core disagreements between the Palestinian factions that cast doubt on President Mahmud Abbas’s political future.

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    A New U.S. President Shouldn't Dismiss Democratization

    The Bush administration's Freedom Agenda - an undertaking rich in rhetoric and bombast and poor on substance - has been an unqualified disaster. It has not helped bring about change in the region, but it has undermined American credibility. Yet the next administration in the United States must not succumb to the temptation to simply dismiss the idea of democracy promotion in the Middle East.

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    New Strategy Needed

    Carnegie's Amr Hamzawy examines the need for a new approach to U.S. policy in the Middle East after the Bush administration.

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    For Russia And The West, Some Crossed Signals

    For the third year in a row, the G-8 summit is set to be a largely Russian show. At the St. Petersburg meeting in 2006, Russia made its debut as host, showing off its newfound prosperity on a grand scale for the first time. In 2007, in Heiligendamm, Germany, observers watched for signs of Russia's future course during Vladimir Putin's last summit as president. This year, in Hokkaido, all eyes will be on Dmitry Medvedev; they'll be looking for signs of any real difference between his presidency and that of his predecessor. They are not likely to find it.

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    A League of Their Own

    Foreign-policy heavyweights on both the left and the right are calling for a new League of Democracies. One day, they say, it could replace the United Nations. But such a plan rests on the false assumption that democracies inherently work well together—or that anyone besides the United States thinks it’s a good idea.

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    Local Elections Outside of the Kremlin Box

    For a second week now, people are discussing Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev's call to reinstate direct elections for governors and to strip the Russian president of the power to disband regional parliaments if they reject the gubernatorial candidate he submits for their approval. Shaimiyev's ideas come across as more proactive than reactive, and as a forecaster of future shifts in the political landscape, the occupant of Kazan's Kremlin appears to be more talented than the experts in the other Kremlin.

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