Democracy and Governance

    • Event

    How Do Asian People Understand Democracy?

    People in Asia embraces democracy as a principal but have a very different understanding of what it looks like compared to citizens in the West.

    • Commentary

    Should Democracy Be Promoted or Demoted?

    • Michael McFaul, Francis Fukuyama
    • November 27, 2007
    • Washington Quarterly

    Bush did not enter the White House with a mission to promote freedom around the world. As a presidential candidate, he put forward a modest foreign policy agenda that eschewed nation building. The events of September 11, 2001, however, radically jarred his thinking on the nature of international threats and triggered a fundamental reevaluation of his administration’s national security policy that elevated democracy promotion as a central objective of his foreign policy agenda.

    • Research

    Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World

    Reform is a politically charged issue in the Middle East. Carnegie experts force us to recognize the reality of conflicting interests and the limitations of external actors to bring about political reform, while drawing lessons on how to make international democracy promotion more effective.

    • Research

    The Presidential Crisis in Lebanon Demands Urgent Attention

    Lebanon is threatening to come undone in the coming days. The international community, and particularly the United States, need to focus urgently on Lebanon. The crisis in Lebanon deserves the most urgent and intense attention at the highest international political levels

    • Research

    Egypt’s National Democratic Party: The Search for Legitimacy

    The critical moments of the general congress of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) came when the delegates voted on amendments to the party’s bylaws and on new leadership bodies. The votes served as evidence that the NDP has been sufussed with supporters of Gamal Mubarak and the modernizing agenda he represents.

    • Research

    Musharraf's Nice Little Coup

    In attempting to hold on to power at any cost, Pervez Musharraf has alienated Pakistanis and precipitated a political crisis that could reverberate throughout the region. But in this unseemly effort the Pakistani president has found an important ally—the Bush administration.

    • Commentary

    Time's Up: The U.S. Needs to Abandon Musharraf Today

    But the time for mere condemnation is over. It's time for America to cut the cord on Musharraf and throw in entirely with the country's democratic forces.

    • Commentary

    Free Elections Come First

    This old debate ought to sound familiar, for we have been having it again over the surprising resilience of autocracy in China, Russia, Venezuela and elsewhere. It wasn't supposed to be this resilient.

    • Research

    Strategic Asia 2007-08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy

    Edited by Ashley Tellis, with contributions by leading Asia specialists including Frederic Grare of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, this book, the seventh in NBR's strategic Asia series, examines the varied political transitions and internal changes occurring in pivotal Asian states and evaluates the impact on Asian foreign policymaking and strategy.

    • Commentary

    Rangoon Squad-Burma’s Wicked Apologists

    The argument that the ingredients for democracy and hunger for it are missing in Burma, is plain wrong. Also, the idea that Burma is multi-ethnic and hence needs autocracy to maintain stability is debunked by its giant neighbor, India. Missing from this argument justifying the junta in Burma is a crucial fact - the international community has supported the regime until the recent past.

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