October 2007

Volume 18, Issue 4

Is East-Central Europe Backsliding?

Iran's Resilient Civil Society

Nigeria’s Muddled Elections

The failure of the elections has been partly mitigated by the hope of judicial review of electoral malfeasance, the stabilizing ingenuity of ethno-regional power-sharing, and renewed national discussions of electoral reforms.

The Quest for Self-Rule in Tibet

This article assesses the historical record and current practice to argue that a form of autonomy that is appropriately grounded in China’s Constitution and international human rights practice may offer a path out of the current dispute.

Election Watch

Reports on elections in Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Mali, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, and Turkey.

Documents on Democracy

Excerpts from: a communiqué adopted at a postelection Nigerian civil society summit; a report from Abuja from IFES Deputy Director Nathan Dusen; an open letter issued by Chinese human rights defenders before the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games.