The Mountain Kingdom, on the Brink

As southern Africa's democratic success story Lesotho goes to the polls, the prime minister's anti-corruption crackdown has brought a bitter power struggle into the streets.


Beware Former Dictators Calling Themselves ‘Converted Democrats’

Forget the ICC complaint and 20 months of military rule, Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari says he is a democratic “convert.”

The South Asia Channel

AAP’s Rise: Victorious, But Not Yet Formidable

India's Aam Aadmi Party defeated Modi's powerful Bharatiya Janata Party in the Delhi elections, with a landslide, but its potential as a formidable alternative for mainstream politics demands critical analysis.

Shadow Government

Jeb Bush and the 6 Ways of Passing the Commander-in-Chief Threshold Test

Every successful candidate for president must past the commander-in-chief threshold test. The American public will not elect somebody unless they have convinced themselves they can ...


Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 17, 2015

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Robert Orttung and Christopher Walker remind us that Ukraine is not the only ...


Can Venezuela’s Opposition Get Its Act Together?

Venezuela is a mess. But the opposition shows little indication that it can take advantage.

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