Democracy and Governance

    • Commentary

    Dot Com for Dictators

    • Research

    Promoting Democracy in the Middle East: The Problem of U.S. Credibility

    • Event

    Red Capitalists in China: Will Entrepreneurs Change the Party?

    It is commonly believed that privatization and economic modernization lead, if not directly then at least indirectly, to democratization. China, however, illustrates the limits of such wisdom.

    • Commentary

    A Real Plan for Rebuilding Iraq

    The Bush administration's plan for post-invasion Iraq is a blueprint for occupation but not for political reconstruction. Unless the profound difference between occupation and reconstruction is recognized early on, the U.S. will fail to create a stable Iraq, let alone one that serves as a model for other countries. Chaos there will mean the continued threat of terrorism and regional instability.

    • Commentary

    Taking Stock of Central Asia

    • Commentary

    America Needs to Listen to Muslims

    The United States’ policy of ignoring popular sentiment and depending on friendly iron men in the Muslim world might have worked until now. But with Al Qaeda and its ilk talking of a conflict that will last for generations, the United States needs to do more to win Muslim hearts and minds than it has done so far.

    • Commentary

    Reshaping the Middle East: Winning a lasting peace in Iraq will take more than tanks

    Protesters who marched around the world last week were wrong to assume that American inaction against Iraq will make their children safer or the Iraqi people better off. The protesters were right, however, to question whether war against Iraq will produce more security at home and real freedom for the Iraqi people.

    • Commentary

    The New American Colonialism

    There will certainly be a regional reaction to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but it will not be a wave of democratic revolutions. We just have to look back at the previous efforts of empires with the best of intentions -- the British, the French, and the Germans -- to understand what happens when Western nations try to bring "civilization" to the Middle East on the points of their bayonets.

    • Event

    Chechnya: Is Peace Possible?

    Sergey A. Kovalev, an outspoken critic of the Russian military action in Chechnya and one of Russia's leading advocates of human rights, discussed the current situation regarding human rights violations in Chechnya as well as the upcoming referendum.

    • Commentary

    Silence is not the Solution

    State-sponsored terror persists because the international community is either silent in the face of it, or restricts its condemnations to actions that are of little or no consequence to the offending party.

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