Democracy and Governance

    • Research

    Judicial Reform in China: Lessons from Shanghai

    This study seeks to answer three questions: Are interference, intracourt and intercourt influence, and judicial corruption of a lesser magnitude in Shanghai than in other parts of China? If so, what measures has Shanghai taken to accomplish this? What lessons about judicial reform in China can be learned from Shanghai’s experiences?

    • Commentary

    The End of The Beginning

    • Michael Beckley
    • April 11, 2005
    • Weekly Standard

    Junior Fellow Michael Beckley argues that a U.S. exit from Iraq is still years away.

    • Testimony

    Lessons of the Tulip Revolution

    For the third time in 18 months seriously flawed elections have brought down the government in a CIS state, and for the first time this has occurred east of the Urals, demonstrating that popular expectations in the Asian states of the former Soviet Union are not appreciably different from those in the European ones.

    • Commentary

    Understanding Arab Political Reality: One Lens Is Not Enough

    Mass demonstrations in Lebanon, joint protest rallies of Egyptian Islamists and liberals against the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and municipal elections in Saudi Arabia are just as much features of the current situation as are cease-fire declarations by Palestinian resistance movements and multiparty negotiations for forming a coalition government in Iraq.

    • Commentary

    Listen To Arab Voices

    The third Arab Human Development Report should be required reading for Bush administration officials and for anyone interested in promoting Middle East democracy. The report reveals a complete acceptance of democratic principles and a complete mistrust of the Bush administration's efforts to promote democracy.

    • Event

    Political Reform in the Arab World: Reality and Illusions

    Discussion on democracy in the Arab world.

    • Research

    Kyrgyzstan’s “Tulip Revolution”

    The ouster of Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev shows that popular expectations in the Asian states of the former Soviet Union are not appreciably different from those in the European ones. The United States and its OSCE partners must be prepared to provide Kyrgyzstan’s interim authorities with the technical assistance necessary to make these elections meet international norms.

    • Event

    The Impact of Events in Kyrgyzstan

    • March 28, 2005
    • Washington, D.C.

    If this experiment with democracy in Kyrgyzstan fails, it will fail due to the lack of preparation by the Kyrgyz elite, rather than the immaturity of the Kyrgyz population. The close knit Kyrgyz community facilitated revolutionary events. The smallness and closeness of the elite allowed the population to hold its leader responsible and played a key role in bringing down President Akaev.

    • Event

    Russia 2005: The Logic of Backsliding

    Lilia Shevtsova on current state of Russian domestic politics and launches revised edition of Putin's Russia.

    • Event

    The Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan

    • March 22, 2005
    • Washington, D.C.

    Deputy Chief of Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic, Alikbek Jekshenkulov, spoke on the Kyrgz Republic's recent elections.

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