The claim that ethnic minorities have a moral and legal right to secede from states is a dangerous fiction with perilous implications for divided societies.
Volume 14, Issue 2
What Is Liberal Islam?
The Editors’ introduction to “What is Liberal Islam?”
There is an emerging current of enlightened thought in the Muslim world today, but it is all too often wrongly labeled and poorly understood.
An “Islamic Reformation” is not a necessary condition for the emergence of democracy in the Muslim world; what is most needed is a political reformation.
Liberal Islam remains marginal because it is politically suppressed; in truth, it represents the predominant political hopes of Muslims around the world.
If they are to understand Islam authentically and to embrace the modern world freely, Muslims must take a new attitude toward their traditions of interpretation.
Invited to join the European Union next year, the Czech Republic has a weak governing coalition that faces deep challenges at home.
Slovakia’s 2002 elections indicate the waning of nationalist authoritarianism and augur well for the consolidation of democracy.
Turkey at the Polls
After enduring years of paternalism punctuated by trauma, Turkish voters have pointed their country in a new direction.
The recent parliamentary victory of the AKP represents a new political course that holds enormous potential for Turkish democracy.
Latin America's Lost Illusions
The strains of economic reform have not increased support for antidemocratic populism in Latin America, but they have led to acute dissatisfaction with democratic governments.
As Latin America suffers from its worst economic crisis in decades, the reform of political institutions remains the region’s best hope.
Decentralization, heralded as a means of increasing state efficiency and improving representation, has fragmented Latin America’s already weak party systems
The recent election of political outsider Lula da Silva as president is a sign of hope for the future of democracy in Brazil.
What can public-opinion research tell us about the staying power of democracy in the region? Has it passed the point of any possible return to authoritarianism?
A review of “Conversations with Gorbachev” by Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynár.
Reports on elections in Armenia, Djibouti, Estonia, Kenya, Kiribati, Lithuania, Madagascar, Micronesia, Montenegro, Seychelles, and South Korea.
Excerpts from: Václav Havel’s last two addresses as president of the Czech Republic; Nicaraguan president Enrique Bolaños’s speech accepting the National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Service Medal; speech by Turkish Justice and Development Party chairman (now prime minister) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; inaugural address of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.