As President Clinton exits the White House, Harold Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, evaluates the administration's strategy for and record of advancing democracy around the world.
Ukraine is facing its most serious political crisis since independence. President Leonid Kuchma has been accused of involvement in the murder of a leading investigative journalist. Western governments should treat Kuchma as a pariah unless he is cleared. A presidential coup would isolate Ukraine from the West, while an orderly investigation would bring Ukraine closer to the West.
Dictatorship has not won in Romania. Thinking back to Zbignew Brzezinski's tripartite categorization of democracy--functional, dysfunctional, and fictitious--Romania falls somewhere between the first and second categories. The driving forces in the recent elections were emotion, despair, and cynicism, but not ideology; this was neither a vote for nor against democracy.
A diverse, distinguished group of democracy experts and civil society practitioners from both donor and recipient countries analyze civil society aid in five regions, including country case studies of South Africa, the Philippines, Peru, Egypt, and Romania.
Presentations by Anders Aslund, Michael McFaul, Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associates, and Stephen Holmes, Visiting Scholar.
Symposium on democracy promotion with Thomas Carothers, David Yang and Michael Cox