Tunisia’s forthcoming elections: transition at risk and arms sales won’t rescue

By Sarah Wolff

Touring France and the United States this summer, Tunisian President Moncef Markouzi denounced the lack of support by western powers for his country’s democratization. After adopting one of the most progressive constitutions in the region and providing a true laboratory for Arab democratic transitions, Tunisia is disillusioned.

Local elections in Hungary are free and fair

By Miklós Szánthó

As many commentators derive the “illiberal nature” of Hungary’s democracy from recent amendments in electoral rules, it is helpful to take a close look at the actual content and nature of these changes.

Illiberal Democracy and Beyond in Hungary

By Gabor Halmai

In a recent speech delivered to an ethnic Hungarian audience in Romania, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán proclaimed his intention to turn Hungary into a state that:

Iraq’s disaster shows the folly of our meddling

By Michael Bell

The events of the past several days in Iraq have been traumatic. Reports are confused, and events may be over-dramatized, but the fall to extremists of parts of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein, seems certain.