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How Democracy Is Losing Ground in Southeast Asia

And you thought the Arab Spring was disappointing.

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Rebooting Democracy

Traditional democratic institutions are failing. It’s time for an upgrade.

Transitions

Burma Takes a Big Step Backwards

The latest crackdown on Burma's student protest movement shows that senior military leaders are having second thoughts about the shift toward democracy.

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Delhi’s New Chief Minister Wants to Radically Democratize Public Spending. Can It Work?

Letting the people dictate the budget is unprecedented for Delhi, but it draws on a quarter-century of other "participatory budgeting" programs in India and around the world.

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Cities Saving States

Nigeria is a mess, but its biggest city is thriving. Can Lagos show other misgoverned countries the way?

Shadow Government

Remembering Boris Nemtsov and His Dream of a Free Russia

With every passing year, the Putin regime engages in thuggish acts that turn the once-unthinkable into dreadful new norms. To cite just a few examples, ...

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