Debating the Color Revolutions: Popular Autocrats

January 2009

Levels of regime strength and links to the West help to explain authoritarian breakdown, but the ruler’s popularity also matters.

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Georgia's Year of Turmoil

October 2008

A domestic political crisis began brewing in Georgia long before the current conflict with Russia. Since the Rose Revolution, the country has been troubled by flawed elections, a “superpresidency,” and a malleable constitution.

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Books in Review: Mistaken Identity

October 2008

A review of Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy by Natan Sharansky.

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Documents on Democracy, October 2008

October 2008
  • Excerpts from a statement issued by a leading group of Russian democrats on the conflict over South Ossetia, published on August 19 in the Yezhednevny Zhurnal online newspaper.
     
  • Excerpts from a joint declaration condemning Russian military actions against Georgia signed by the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland on August 9.
     
  • Portions of the African Democracy Forum's statement condemning the August 6 military coup d'état in Mauritania, which overthrew the civilian government of the democratically elected president.
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