Europe & Eurasia Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

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

EU anti-corruption requirements: measuring progress in Albania, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Turkey
http://bit.ly/k308Oy
Albania, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Turkey must do more to guarantee the effective implementation of anti-corruption laws, according to a report from Transparency International, which calls on the governments to build capacity and improve governance in key institutions. Source: Transparency International

Georgia’s Choices: Charting a Future in Uncertain Times
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44553
Georgia is entering a period of transition, with parliamentary and presidential elections due in 2012-2013, after which a new constitution will take effect. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The New Role of Central and Eastern Europe in International Democracy Support
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/?fa=view&id=44375
The democracy promotion efforts of these countries-countries that are still grappling with some domestic democracy issues of their own-have been limited in scope and inconsistent, ad hoc, and given a low priority at times. Still, these countries have very recent, in fact ongoing experience with democratization that gives them valuable expertise and perspectives that other donors do not have, and therefore special credibility in the eyes of recipients. Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Latin America & Caribbean Publications, June 2011

12 07 2011

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

Guatemala’s Elections: Clean Polls, Dirty Politics
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/latin-america-caribbean/guatemala/B024-guatemalas-elections-clean-polls-dirty-politics.aspx
Guatemalans go to the polls in September 2011 to elect a president, the Congress and local officials. The vote itself is likely to be reasonably free, but violence and unregulated campaign finance imperil the country’s political institutions. Source: International Crisis Group

Mapping Digital Media: Mexico
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/media/articles_publications/publications/mapping-digital-media-mexico-20110613
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Mexico is one of the 15 largest economies worldwide, yet only 15 percent of households own a digital device and less than a third have a computer. Source: Open Society Foundations

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Asia Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of Asia publications that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Burma’s New Challenges
http://csis.org/publication/pacnet-32-burmas-new-challenges
The political situation in Burma is often understood in terms of conflict between pro-democracy forces (Aung San Suu Kyi and allies) and the military government. This is problematic for two reasons… Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Pakistan-U.S. Relations: A Summary
http://bit.ly/kVwgPq
This CRS report summarizes important recent developments in Pakistan and in Pakistan-U.S. relations. These include high-profile political assassinations in early 2011; the Raymond Davis affair involving a CIA operative accused of murder in the city of Lahore; and the May killing of Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, among others. Source: Congressional Research Service

Understanding Electoral Violence in Asia
http://bit.ly/lDtbf4
This report investigates electoral violence in Asia through analyses of case studies commissioned by UNDP for seven countries in South and South-East Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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.





Africa Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region
http://www.usip.org/publications/political-trends-in-the-african-great-lakes-region
Despite recent elections in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda and upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Great Lakes region shows worrying trends toward electoral authoritarianism and political fragmentation, with new divisions that intensify the potential for confrontation. Source: U.S. Institute of Peace

Second-Order Effects in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://csis.org/publication/second-order-effects-sub-saharan-africa
The crisis in Libya has raised fears among security analysts that the ongoing conflict will destabilize the already fragile states of the Sahel and strengthen the hand of affiliates of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operating in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. There is good reason for these fears. Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

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Multiregional Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

A list of recent multiregional reports that were highlighted in the May issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Civil Society Organisations in Situations of Conflict
http://www.civicus.org/news-and-resources/reports-and-publications/397-civil-society-organisations-in-situations-of-conflict-
This new report authored by CIVICUS in partnership with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness summarises working conditions in more than 46 countries worldwide.

The Great Democracy Meltdown
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/magazine/88632/failing-democracy-venezuela-arab-spring
The truth is that the Arab Spring is something of a smokescreen for what is taking place in the world as a whole. Around the globe, it is democratic meltdowns, not democratic revolutions, that are now the norm. Source: The New Republic

Guidelines to Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Disputes in Elections (GUARDE)
http://www.ifes.org/Content/Publications/Books/2011/Guidelines-to-Understanding-Adjudicating-and-Resolving-Disputes-in-Elections.aspx
To assist international actors in the development of effective complaint adjudication systems, IFES has identified seven principles that are crucial components to any complaints adjudication process. Source: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

The hidden crises: Armed conflict and education
http://bit.ly/iQofzL
This report cautions that the world is not on track to achieve by 2015 the six Education for All goals that over 160 countries signed up to in 2000. Although there has been progress in many areas, most of the goals will be missed by a wide margin – especially in regions riven by conflict. Source: UNESCO

The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development
http://wdr2011.worldbank.org/fulltext
The report examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects. Source: World Bank

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Africa Publications, May 2011

1 06 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the May issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Congo: The Electoral Dilemma
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/central-africa/dr-congo/175-congo-the-electoral-dilemma.aspx
Faced with the dilemma of respecting the constitutional deadline and organising botched elections, or ignoring that deadline and sliding into a situation of unconstitutional power, the Congolese authorities have chosen the first option. Source: International Crisis Group

Silencing the New Front: the Emergence of Widespread Torture against the Youth Movement
http://bit.ly/l7hDBv
The report documents the continued arrest and torture of students and youth at universities throughout Sudan, and in Abu Shouk and Al Salaam IDP Camps in El Fashir, North Darfur. Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies

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Africa Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

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

Elections and Violence in Nigeria: The Question of Citizenship in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://bit.ly/mxqMx4
Since its independence in 1960, Nigeria’s ruling civilian and military elites have never engaged their fellow citizens in the type of robust civil discourse that would have allowed them to confront the critical issue of citizenship. Source: Brookings.

Politics and Transition in the New South Sudan
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/horn-of-africa/sudan/172-politics-and-transition-in-the-new-south-sudan.aspx
Now that South Sudan’s referendum is complete and its independence from the North all but formalised, focus must increasingly shift to the political agenda at home. Source: International Crisis Group

Zimbabwe: The Road to Reform or Another Dead End?
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/southern-africa/zimbabwe/173-zimbabwe-the-road-to-reform-or-another-dead-end.aspx
The situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating again under a new wave of political violence organised by Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, and the country faces another illegitimate election and crisis unless credible, enforceable reforms can first be implemented. Source: International Crisis Group

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.