The European think tank FRIDE recently completed a study on 14 nations with varying degrees of stability to try and answer questions on the effectiveness of democracy assistance efforts.
A workshop hosted by the Friedrick Ebert Stiftung and the Project on Middle Eastern Democracy was created to discuss Middle Eastern reform in depth, with 20 experts from Europe, the Middle East and the United States. A joint-POMED and FES report was recently released to detail the findings of the conference.
Does hot weather breed civil war? Controlling for several competing factors, five researchers find a robust relationship between temperature and large-scale civil conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.
Vicenç Fisas of the Autonomous University of Barcelona identifies and analyzes 37 ongoing conflict resolution processes in the fifth edition of this yearbook.
Even when dictators have the military muscle to steal elections, unified oppositions and independent election commissions can bring about democratic transitions, argues Beatriz Magaloni of Stanford University.
The latest <i>World Political Science Review</i> considers the effect of democracy on productivity, referendum question design, and the costs to democracy of European integration.
Liberal intellectual currents and a public-minded civil society can be the building blocks of an efficient, constructive strategy for moving toward democracy in Iran.
The United States Institute of Peace has released a report that examines what motivates militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo to use sexual violence.
Increasing income equality in Latin America is related to technological change, education policies, and democratic governance, argues a new book by Brookings.
Amitai Etzioni revisits transparency, identifying limits on its usefulness for realizing important goals. The need to supplement transparency with regulation depends on the value of the public protection that transparency is said to foment. Frequently, regulation is essential if not more important altogether.