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Today the war on corruption is undermining democracy, helping the wrong leaders get elected and distracting societies from facing urgent problems.
The "realist" argument for ignoring Putin's rollback of democratic practices in the name of national security interests can now only undermine Bush's credibility. Bush has made clear that he plans to promote liberty in every pocket of the world--surely including the largest country of all.
A discussion meeting with Nikolay Petrov, Scholar-in-Residence at the Carnegie Moscow Center, of Russia’s newest wave of social protests.
Iraq’s newly elected National Assembly (NA) will soon take up its major task—although hardly its only one—of drafting a permanent constitution. The task is to be completed in time to submit the draft constitution to a national plebiscite by October 15, 2005.
Marina Ottaway assesses the significance of the January 30 elections for the longer term process of building a democratic Iraqi state. No matter how flawed, the voting will force the various ethnic, religious and political groups in Iraq to confront each other and decide whether they can stay together in one country.