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  • Egypt in Crisis: Learning the Hard Lessons of Democracy

    Egypt is realizing that democracy is not an easily procured fruit, especially in a nation where political movements have been suppressed for decades and peoples’ sentiments can be easily swayed either way.

    December 08, 2012

    Beyond the Maoist Split: The political impasse to continue

    Genuine negotiation efforts, timely discussions, and broader participation of groups asserting rights based on identity are necessary to help break the impasse in Nepali politics on the issue of federalism.

    July 02, 2012

    Nepal: The Constituent Assembly that was…..

    Nepal’s Constituent Assembly did have some positive achievements, the most important among these being the integration of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of the UCPN-M, although it failed to fulfil its other main task of finalising a constitution.

    June 01, 2012

    The Jordanian King’s Challenges

    The only way out for King Abdullah seems to be to commit himself to truly representative democracy and all-inclusive development.

    April 04, 2012

    Wake-up Call for Persian Gulf Rulers

    Rulers of Gulf states should initiate reforms to accommodate the voices and aspirations of different sections of their societies.

    March 08, 2011

    Future of Parliamentary Democracy in Kyrgyzstan

    We must prove to the world community that a new political culture takes root in Kyrgyzstan and a new political strategy supported by people will have a future. A return to the past will imminently lead to the restoration of totalitarianism and a clannish government. We must learn a lesson from the past. Life will show how suitable the parliamentary system is for our community. Our people had lived in the conditions of a nomadic democracy for thousands of years, preserving their traditions and values in difficult times of history.

    March 2011

    Lessons from Egypt: do not underestimate the power of peaceful Satyagraha and the Internet

    The people’s movement, in bringing down the former President Hosni Mubarak, has once again showed the power of peaceful protest and ideas. There are many lessons to be learnt from the transformative developments.

    February 14, 2011

    Nepal 2010: Uncertainties Galore

    The peace process was deadlocked, with extreme polarization within and among the political parties on various issues.

    January 10, 2011

    Myanmar Elections: Domestic Apathy and International Concerns

    The outcome of the elections in Myanmar is awaited anxiously by the international community but not much change is expected.

    November 04, 2010

    Re-emergence of the Military and the Future of Democracy in Bangladesh

    A military-backed caretaker government supported by the international community assumed power in Bangladesh on January 11, 2007, promising a corruption-free and clean democratic environment to usher in a new era in politics. It has introduced a series of electoral reforms and has taken action against the 'corrupt'. As Bangladesh is poised for parliamentary elections by the end of December, doubts remain about whether politics in Bangladesh will change for the better, however.

    November 2008

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