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APR 7, 2014

NDRI Member Institute Bertelsmann Stiftung published the Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2014 ranking 129 developing and transformation countries around the world on political transformation, economic transformation, and transformation management. ::MORE

MAR 31, 2014

Larry Diamond makes the case for democracy in Hong Kong in a paper titled "Why a Democratic Election for Chief Executive is Necessary and Feasible in 2017," prepared for a conference organized by the University of Hong Kong's Center for Comparative and Public Law. Larry Diamond's strong support for elections in Hong Kong was also cited in an article published in the South China Morning Post on March 10, 2014.

MAR 20, 2014

There are two upcoming opportunities to see Fall 2013 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows at the Kennedy Center. Pakistani playwright Shahid Nadeem will speak on a panel exploring how theater can be used in conflict societies to discuss human rights and democracy on March 23. Senegalese hip-hop artist Thiat will perform with Keur Gui Crew on the Millenium Stage on March 30. Both events are free!

MAR 14, 2014

This month's NDRI Think Tank Spotlight highlights the work of the South African Institute of Race Relations and their research initiatives focusing on economic and social policy in South Africa. ::MORE

MAR 6, 2014

A new installment of Worth Reading features a selection of articles from Democracy Lab, a joint initiative of the Legatum Institute and Foreign Policy magazine featuring the theme of popular protests: Christian Caryl and Alexander Motyl debate the importance of ethnic divisions in post-Yanukovych Ukraine, Duncan McCargo explains Thailand’s chronic political tension, and Juan Nagel and Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez analyze recent protests in Venezuela. :: MORE

FEb 20, 2014

In a new report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, "Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Under Fire," Forum Research Council Member Thomas Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher discuss the global pushback by governments against democracy and human rights programs and urge democracy assistance organizations to develop new strategies to fight back and bolster international frameworks and advocacy efforts. ::MORE

FEB 19, 2014

Forum Research Council Member Benjamin Reilly published an academic article on "Political Parties and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding" in Civil Wars journal (subscription access required to download). ::MORE

Feb 18, 2014

A new installment of Worth Reading highlights three items by Leon Aron, Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov, and the Institute of Modern Russia that discuss the political ramifications of Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. ::MORE

FEB 6, 2014

An Occasional Paper written by Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Alumnus Kwami Ahiabenu II (Ghana) explores how new digital technologies—including online platforms, mobile apps, SMS, and social media—are being used to promote democratic governance and economic transparency in the 15 ECOWAS member states. :: MORE

Forum Publications

Democracy Think Tanks in Action: Translating Research into Policy

Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy

Journal of Democracy April 2014, "Shifting Tides in South Asia"