Sierra Leone enters a golden age! 50 Years

On April 27th of this year, Sierra Leoneans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their country. The hopes and aspirations of Sierra Leone’s founding fathers, when they agitated for independence from the British colonialists, were for a fully democratic country that would give dignity and pride to its citizens. Sierra Leone’s first prime minister, Milton [...]

The vulnerabilities of democracy

Introduction This essay hypothesizes that democracy is confounded on a peculiar principle: ‘once democracy is destroyed it never fully recovers’. This rather austere and irreversible principle is rooted in the empirics, more precise, on the impact of conflict and violence on society. This essay postulates that conflict hinges on three specific criteria, rather, the existence [...]

Political Restructuring in China – A Template on How China can Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy!

Last week, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called for political reform once again, while at the same time he rejected (again) any comparisons between his country and the autocracies now collapsing in North Africa and the Middle East. Premier Wen is right when he says that the current socio-economic conditions in China are nothing like the [...]

Waiting for Godot: Democratization in Southeast Asia

In Samuel Beckett’s famous absurdist play the two principal characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly in vain for the arrival of Godot. Observing politics in Southeast Asia one can often feel like Beckett’s two characters when it comes to waiting for democratic reforms and political liberalization. Frequently there are false dawns, and multiple setbacks but [...]

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