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Revolutionary Iran in Transition

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) has published online Iran: a revolutionary republic in transition, edited by  Rouzbeh Parsi. “The volume presents an in-depth assessment of the farreaching changes that the Iranian state and Iranian society have undergone since the 1979 revolution, with a particular focus on the social and political turmoil of the past five years. As is ...

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Civil Society and Democracy in Iran

Civil Society and Democracy in Iran

Civil Society and Democracy in Iran Edited by Ramin Jahanbegloo (University of Toronto) Lexington Books – December 22, 2011 318 pages Description: In this timely, informative edited volume, major Iranian scholars and civic actors address some of the most pressing questions about Iranian civil society and the process of democratization in Iran. They describe the role of Iranian civil society ...

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UN Denounces Iran for Human Rights Violations

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a new resolution yesterday, denouncing serious human rights violations in Iran. Member States voiced deep concern at Iran’s “serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations,” including a dramatic increase in the use of the death penalty, particularly for crimes “lacking a precise and explicit definition,” and the “ongoing, systemic, and serious restrictions” of freedom ...

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Routledge Handbook of Democratization

Routledge Handbook of Democratization

Routledge Handbook of Democratization Edited by Jeffrey Haynes Publication date:  20th December 2011 452 pages Description: This exciting new handbook provides a global overview of the process of democratization, offering chapter by chapter discussion at both the country and regional levels and examining the interaction between the domestic and external factors that affect the progression of countries from authoritarian to ...

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Letters from Iran

Letters from Iran

  Letters from Iran is a new documentary film, produced by AlJazeera-English. The film examines the aftermath of Iran’s Green Revolution and “reveals that opposition is still alive and kicking and just as eager for change as before.“

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The Dictator’s Handbook

The Dictator’s Handbook

The Dictator’s Handbook Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (NYU) and Alastair Smith (NYU) Public Affairs Books – Sep 27, 2011 352 pages. Book Description: For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. ...

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Why Civil Resistance Works

Why Civil Resistance Works

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict By Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan Columbia University Press (August 2011) 320 pages, 11 figures, 19 tables. Book description: For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving their stated goals. By attracting ...

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Patrick Heller on Participatory Democracy in Developing Countries

Patrick Heller (Brown) has sent a very interesting paper at SSRN: Participation, Democracy and Development: Some Comparative Lessons from Brazil, India and South Africa Abstract: This paper argues that in thinking about the challenges of inclusive democratic development in the global south we need to refocus attention on effective citizenship, that is the actual capacity of citizens to make use ...

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New Publication: Iran und die Neuen Medien

Iran und die Neuen Medien : Herausforderungen für den Auslandsrundfunk ( Iran and the New Media : Challenges for International Broadcasters) Stuttgart: ifa, 2011. – 130 S. – (ifa-Edition Kultur und Außenpolitik) Vorwort: Seit der “grünen Revolution”, in der die Zivilgesellschaft mit Mobiltelefonen in Echtzeit ihre “Revolution” in den verschiedenen Tools des Web 2.0 dokumentiert hat und die ganze Welt ...

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Democracy in the age of Google, Facebook and WikiLeaks

Democracy in the age of Google, Facebook and WikiLeaks

This is a lecture delivered by John Keane on May 18, 2011 at the University of Sydney. The lecture is a more elaborate and extended version of this article, posted at Keane’s website some months ago. An excerpt: Many revolutionary things are happening inside the swirling galaxy of communicative abundance. Its complexity is elusive, too complex to be captured in ...

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