Latin America & the Caribbean Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent reports on Latin America and the Caribbean that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Challenges to Democracy Promotion: The Case of Bolivia
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=43331
Bolivia offers a critical, but atypical, case for international democracy promotion. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Haiti’s Rendezvous with History
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/04/14/haiti-s-rendezvous-history-0
The report examines the legal and practical questions surrounding the case and concludes that Haiti has an obligation under international law to investigate and prosecute the grave violations of human rights under Duvalier’s rule. Source: Human Rights Watch

Half a Miracle
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=43713
The transformation of the Columbian city of Medellín offers an example to Mexico of how a government engaged in a drug war can bolster its legitimacy and gain greater public support. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Europe & Eurasia Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

A list of recent reports on Europe and Eurasia that were highlighted in the April issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Governments Move To Thwart ‘Arab Spring’ In Central Asia
http://www.eurasianet.org/node/63386
Like the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia also suffers from poverty, corruption, heavy-handed governments, widespread unemployment, and scant opportunities for the young. All too aware of the similarities, governments there are already taking measures to prevent public upheaval of the kind that has shaken the Arab world. Source: EurasiaNet.org

Moldova’s European Transformation: Building Consensus for Democratic and Economic Reform
http://www.cipe.org/featureservice/?p=608
In July 2009, Moldova made the transition to democracy official when a majority voted in favor of pro-European parties, bringing an end to Europe’s last Communist government. The Moldovan path to Europe proved to be hard, maybe harder than anyone expected. Source: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Making Presidentialism Work

8 04 2010

http://www.idea.int/publications/making_presidentialism_work/index.html
Source: International IDEA.

This report available in Spanish and English deepens the understanding of the role played by presidential systems in democracies and democratization processes. It explores the specific characteristics of the presidential systems’ institutional design that allow these systems to provide greater stability and/or more efficient governments that favor the most poor.





Taliban Increasingly Unpopular in Pakistan

7 04 2010

http://www.gallup.com/poll/126602/Taliban-Increasingly-Unpopular-Pakistan.aspx
Source: Gallup.

Gallup surveys show the Taliban lost much of the little favor they had in Pakistan between June and December last year. Four percent of Pakistanis in late 2009 said the Taliban has a positive influence in some areas of the country, down from 15% earlier in the year.





Guinea’s Journey towards Democracy

1 04 2010

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?IFESInc/c7d6c67e96/307adc28b7/6431a27d74/title=Guinea%25s%20Journey%20towards%20Democracy
Source: IFES.

This report notes that following years of discouraging setbacks, democracy may finally be emerging as a credible reality for the West African state of Guinea.





Advancing Freedom and Democracy Reports, May 2009

10 03 2010

URL: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/afdr/2009/index.htm
Source: U.S. State Department

The reports are divided into four parts. Part one is a concise statement, similar in content to the first and second paragraphs in the introduction to the Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights, regarding the political and human rights conditions in each country. Part two is a statement of the U.S. government’s priorities to promote democratic principles, practices, values, and human rights. It also includes specific actions and activities, to the extent anticipated, to be undertaken and supported by the chief of mission and other U.S. officials. Part three highlights the greater range of the post’s ongoing diplomatic, public diplomacy, foreign assistance, and other public actions to address the priorities stated in part two. For the 2009 reports, part three includes material that had been incorporated within a part four of the 2008 reports.





Democracy Survey Shows Opportunities, Ongoing Challenges for Political Participation in El Salvador

9 03 2010

URL: http://www.ndi.org/node/16020
Source: The National Democratic Institute (NDI)

The survey uncovered a number of unexpected attitudes among women and young people, which prompted NDI’s former country director for El Salvador, Alison Miranda, to think about new ways to increase Salvadorans’ levels of political and civic engagement.