Democracy and Governance Studies
CDACS co-sponsors Dictators and Demonstrators Symposium, December 10th
The Center for Democracy and Civil Society, with co-sponsors Freedom House
and the Forum for the Study of Democracy, hosted a graduate student and young professional symposium on December 10th, 2009 at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. The Forum for the Study of Democracy is the student organization of Georgetown's Democracy & Governance Program.
Entitled Dictators and Demonstrators: Sharing Strategies on Repression and Reform, the symposium featured a panel on "Demonstrators", moderated by Freedom House Deputy Executive Director and Democracy & Governance Program adjunct professor Thomas Melia, with participants Gabrielle Bardall from the lnternational Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Hervé St Louis from the Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, Laura Mottaz from the National Endowment for Democracy's Center for lnternational Media Assistance, and J. Hunter Price from the Department of Political Science at Trinity University.
A "Dictators" panel, moderated by Georgetown Professor Daniel Brumberg, Democracy & Governance Program co-director and acting director of the United States Institute of Peace Muslim World Initiative, featured Lauren Albright from Temple University's Department of Political Science, Sheena Chestnut from Harvard University's Department of Political Science, Jeanne Elone from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced lnternational Studies (SAIS), and Brandon Yoder from National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Panel participants were selected following a call for papers in October 2009. Papers from the conference will be published in the spring edition of Democracy & Society. Dictators and Demonstrators Symposium, December 10thFrom Rangoon to Tehran, demonstrators continually adopt new strategies and technologies in their struggles against oppressive regimes. However, demonstrators are not the only ones adapting. In an effort to preempt demonstrators, authoritarians manage access to technologies, cooperate in regional organizations, and learn from each other. Contending dictators and demonstrators are aware of this competitive learning, but we know little about which side is more adaptable and under what conditions.
With these issues in mind, the Center for Democracy & Civil Society (CDACS), in cooperation with Freedom House
and the Forum for the Study of Democracy, presents a graduate student and practitioner symposium, Dictators and Demonstrators: Sharing Strategies on Repression and Reform.Thursday, December 10th, 2009Council on Foreign Relations
1777 F Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20006
10 AM - 1 PM
Demonstrators: 10:00a.m. – 11:20 a.m.Commentator: Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Executive Director, Freedom House-Gabrielle Bardall, International Foundation for Electoral SystemsKilic Kanat, Department of Political Science, Syracuse UniversityLaura Mottaz, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for DemocracyJ. Hunter Price, Department of Political Science, Trinity UniversityDictators: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Commentator: Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University and Acting Director of the Muslim World Initiative at the US Institute for Peace.-Lauren Albright, Department of Political Science, Temple UniversitySheena Chestnut, Department of Political Science, Harvard UniversityJeanne Elone, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins UniversityBrandon Yoder, National Endowment for DemocracyRefreshments will be servedRSVP by December 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org Talk by Michael Signer, author of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies
The Center for Democracy & Civil Society presents Michael Signer
, author of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies, who will speak on threats demagogues pose to democracy around the world during a talk on Wednesday, November 18th. Signer contends that constitutionalism, a culture of values respecting democratic authority and citizenship, best protects democracy from disintegrating into tyranny at the hands of demagogues. Michael Signer is Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and a Principal of the Truman National Security Project. He previously served as Director of the Homeland Security Presidential Transition Initiative, a joint project of the Center for American Progress and Third Way and was chief foreign policy advisor to the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John Edwards. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. 12:-1:30 PMGeorgetown University3520 Prospect Street, NW
Car Barn 427RSVP to email@example.comDemocracy & Governance Program Open HouseThe Master of Arts Program in Democracy & Governance will be hosting an Open House for prospective students Wednesday, November 4th, at 5:30
pm. The open house will be held at the Mortara Center for International Studies, 36th and N Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Please R.S.V.P. to Sarah Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DG Student's Op-Ed Featured in The Wall Street Journal
DG Student, Union of the Egyptian Liberal Youth receive Templeton Award
Congratulations to the Union of the Egyptian Liberal Youth (EULY)
and DG student and EULY senior partner Samuel Tadros! EULY recently won an "Award for Special Achievement by a Young Institute" in the Atlas Economic Research Foundation's 2009 Templeton Freedom Awards for Excellence in Promoting Liberty. The Templeton Freedom Awards are the largest international awards program for think tanks. Samuel will join EULY at Atlas's Freedom Dinner on November 9th, 2009 in Washington, D.C., when the organization will be recognized for its “Why Am I a Liberal?” essay competition, the first of its kind in the Arab world.The Minaret and the Satellite DishIntense turmoil is destabilizing many parts of the Muslim world. What are the challenges and opportunities Israel faces in this changing political environment? On October 21st, 2009, the Center for Democracy & Civil Society
and the Embassy of the State of Israel present Avi Melamed on "The Minaret and the Satellite Dish: Opportunities and Challenges for Israel in a Changing Muslim World." Mr. Melamed is an independent security analyst in Israel on Middle East affairs. He has held a range of governmental posts on intelligence and counter-terrorism, and served as the Senior Advisor on Arab Affairs to Jerusalem Mayors Teddy Kollek and Ehud Olmert. He is also the co-author of Separate and Unequal-The Inside Story of Israeli Rule in East Jerusalem (Harvard University Press, 1999).
12:00 to 1:30 PMMSFS Conference Room, Seventh Floor, Intercultural Center (ICC)Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W.Washington, DC 20057RSVP to email@example.com or 202-687-0596.Call for PapersThe Center for Democracy and Civil Society at Georgetown University, in cooperation with Freedom House
and the Forum for the Study of Democracy, invites paper submissions for The Graduate Student and Junior Practitioners Symposium, "Democrats, Dictators, and Demonstrators: Sharing Strategies on Repression and Reform." The symposium will be held on December 10, 2009 in Washington, DC. The final deadline for submitting a 250 word abstract is October 30, 2009. If selected, your papers must be sent to both your session chair and respondent by November 27, 2009. For more information, read the Call for Papers.Engaging the Muslim World
Please join Democracy & Governance Program Co-Director Professor Daniel Brumberg, director of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Muslim World Initiative, for a lively discussion on "Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World," also the title of USIP's new volume edited by Professor Brumberg and Dina Shehata.The event, on October 15th from 9:30 to noon at USIP's offices at 1200 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., will feature speakers including:
- Abiodun Williams, Moderator
Director, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace
- Daniel Brumberg
Director, Muslim World Initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace
Co-Director, Democracy Studies, Georgetown University
- Dina Shehata
Senior Researcher, Al-Ahram Center, Cairo
- Ömer Taşpınar
Non-resident Scholar, Saban Center, Brookings Institution
- Palwasha Hassan
Jennings Randolph Afghanistan Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
Call for PapersThe Fall issue of Democracy and Society will examine the Obama Administration’s emerging foreign policy. We are interested in articles that analyze the outlines of the policy objectives, the administration’s reaction to crises, and those that articulate exigent US foreign policy interests. We are seeking submissions of 800-2000 words on the themes below, including summaries and/or excerpts of recently completed research, new publications, and work in progress. Submissions for the issue are due Friday, October 9, 2009. For additional information, please visit www.democracyandsociety.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Elections in AfghanistanCDACS Executive Director Barak Hoffman and M.A. in Democracy and Governance alumni Austan Mogharabi, Danielle Pearl, Evan Smith, and Miki Wilkins traveled to Afghanistan to serve as election observers as part of a delegation from Democracy International. The purpose of the mission was to evaluate the degree to which the conduct of the election conformed to accepted international norms of election administration, human rights, and democratic representation. The credibility of the elections is vital to the consolidation of democracy in Afghanistan. The Government of Afghanistan's Independent Electoral Commission has not yet announced the results.
"Tanzania's Missing Opposition," by CDACS Executive Director Barak Hoffman and M.A. in Democracy and Governance Candidate Lindsay Robinson, will be published in the Journal of Democracy. The paper examines why opposition parties in Tanzania remain chronically weak a decade and a half after the country's democratic transition. Hoffman and Robinson argue that while part of the absence of a vigorous political opposition results from a combination of little demand for it and its uninspiring leadership, the main reason opposition parties remain weak is because the ruling party suppresses those who contest its near-monopoly of power, including resorting to coercion when other methods of containing the opposition fail.
Cuba and Castroism
Democracy and Governance Program Co-Director Professor Eusebio Mujal-León recently published a number of articles on Cuba and Castroism, marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution in early 2009. "The Myths and Costs of the Cuban Revolution", a review of The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution (Erikson, 2008); The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World (Behar and Suarez, 2008); and Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image (Casey, 2009), is featured in the Summer 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly. In January 2009, the Journal of Democracy published "Can Cuba Change? Tensions in the Regime". The article examines the evolution of underlying change and reform during the Castro regime, both before and after Fidel Castro turned power over to his brother Raúl Castro.In December 2008, Professor Mujal-León co-wrote a chapter published in The Sacred in Twentieth Century Politics: Essays in Honour of Professor Stanley G. Payne (Eds. Mallett, Tortorice, and Griffin) with Georgetown Professor Eric Langenbacher, entitled "Is Castroism a Political Religion?" The chapter looks closely at the ideas behind Castroism, how this conforms with the concept of political religion, and what this means for the future of Cuba.
CDACS faculty associate Steven Heydemann recently published a co-edited volume, Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad. The book explores the global diffusion of models for the organization of civil societies and nonprofit organizations.
Prof. Heydemann is a co-founder of CDACS and the Georgetown Democracy and Governance program. He teaches graduate-level classes on regime transitions, authoritarian politics, and social science research methods. His co-editor is David Hammack, Haydn Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University.
The Spring 2009 issue of CDACS' journal, Democracy & Society, looks at global democratic recession, the consolidation of authoritarian regimes, our understandings of these phenomena, and how democracy assistance programs might respond. Also included are reviews of recent titles by Robert Kagan, Michael Klare, Edward Lucas, Susan Shirk, and Barbara Slavin. Please stay tuned for the Fall 2009 call for papers.
According to Freedom House, the proportion of electoral democracies has declined for two years in a row. This is the first democratic recession since the end of the Cold War. The decline, in part, stems from the policies of the Bush Administration as well as from incomplete democratic transitions. It is also the result of deliberate reforms to strengthen authoritarian regimes. CDACS Executive Director Barak Hoffman and MA student Jack Santucci argue that unless the Obama administration addresses the causes of the democratic recession by focusing more attention on the difficulties of democratic consolidation, it is likely to deepen.
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