Do New Democracies Support Democracy? Reluctant India

October 2011

Though justly vaunted as the world’s largest democracy, India will in all likelihood remain reluctant to take on the mantle of “democracy promoter” for a mix of historical, ideological, and strategic reasons.

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Do New Democracies Support Democracy? Indonesia Finds a New Voice

October 2011

Since its transition to democracy barely a decade ago, Indonesia has begun projecting its newly democratic values across international borders. So far, however, its efforts have been largely rhetorical.

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Singapore: Authoritarian but Newly Competitive

October 2011

Singapore has long been known for combining economic development with strict limits on political opposition. But its 2011 parliamentary elections suggest that it is moving toward “competitive authoritarianism.”

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Documents on Democracy: October 2011

October 2011
  • Excerpts from a statement issued by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and 35 other Egyptian human-rights organizations condemning the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' campaign against the country's civil society organizations and human-rights groups.
  • Excerpt from a statement by two top EU officials on the August 5 arrest of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko during her trial for "abuse of power."
  • Portions of a June 15 address given by Mongolian president Tsakhia Elbegdorj at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on the eve of Mongolia's assumption of the presidency of the Community of Democracies.
  • Excerpts from the OAS resolution "Promotion of the Rights to Freedom of Assembly and of Association in the Americas," passed on June 7.
  • Excerpts from a speech given by the former president of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, noting the country's difficulties in achieving peace.
  • Excerpts from the inaugural address of Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the new prime minister (Kalon Tripa) of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.
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Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy: Growth and Hunger in India

July 2011

Despite India’s impressive achievements in democracy, economic development, and the rule of law, it remains home to a third of the world’s poor. Although it has successfully averted famine since independence, it still struggles to prevent chronic hunger.

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