Improving governance in the EU’s new member states remains a huge challenge for the European project. Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy among its postcommunist members but failed in promoting good governance?
In 2013, Bulgaria’s historically passive citizenry exploded in outrage over soaring energy bills and shady elite actions. What does Bulgaria’s year of protest tell us about how civic anger is generated and when it becomes a transformative political resource?
The changes that civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe have experienced since communism’s fall are real, but often misunderstood.
Four leading experts on democracy discuss the relevance of the “transition paradigm” in light of the “Arab Spring” and other developments in the world today.
Beset by economic and political crises, democracy in southern Europe has been eroding, along with support for the EU. These developments stem largely from the design of the euro, which denies key economic-policy tools to national governments.
January 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of Afghanistan’s constitution. In what areas has it succeeded or failed? Judging by its achievements with respect to four midrange goals, the document has a record that is decidedly mixed.
Liberalism as a governing order is barely two centuries old. A response to the great alternatives presented by Europe’s political history, it represents a unique synthesis of the ancient and the modern. But globalization has cast a deep shadow across liberalism’s future.
A year after the election that ended the rule of president Mikheil Saakashvili’s National Movement, Georgia has seen further remarkable developments that raise key questions for struggling postcommunist democracies and, indeed, democracies everywhere.
- the October 2013 speech delivered by Mongolian president Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj while on a state visit in North Korea, highlighting the importance of freedom.
- Aung San Suu Kyi's speech honoring Václav Havel, which she gave in September at the annual conference of the Forum 2000 Foundation.
- the joint statement of governments participating in a September meeting of governmental, private-sector, and civil society leaders on the growth of restrictions on civil society globally.
- the charter of the newly formed Asia Democracy Network, which was launched in October.