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2011-05-07 00:00:29

World-renown political scientist and best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, warned Clinton and Bush administrations that the spread of democracy in the Middle East was imminent in an exclusive interview with host of The Costa Report, Rebecca Costa. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) May 06, 2011 World-renown political scientist and best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, warned Clinton and Bush administrations that the spread of...

2011-02-01 17:23:36

Research carried out at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows that it was possible already in 2008 to predict that countries such as Egypt and Iran were headed for dangerous periods of instability because of citizens' demands for democratization. The researchers were able to make this observation on the basis of a "democratic gap" scale of measurement between the level of freedom existing and the desire of citizens for more freedom, which was analyzed in about 90 countries around the...

2010-06-18 13:19:17

In 2001, riots in Argentina protesting President Fernando de la Rúa's economic decisions overthrew him from office and killed almost 30 people. Latin American protests have resulted in numerous deaths and national crises since the 1970s, but also democratic reforms. Now, a MU researcher has found that although political protests can be violent, they can lead to stronger political parties and more responsive policies. "Many of these recent protests in Latin America have led...

2009-04-17 11:29:49

A new UCLA-led study challenges the popular perception that ethnic diversity is to blame for sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Northern Ireland, recent tensions in Tibet, and ethnic violence in post-election Kenya. "Countries that are ethnically diverse do not experience more conflict than their more homogenous counterparts," said Andreas Wimmer, the study's lead author and a UCLA professor of sociology. "Rather, conflict breaks out when large segments of the population are excluded from...

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2008-07-01 10:50:12

People in most countries around the world are happier these days, according to newly released data from the World Values Survey based at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Data from representative national surveys conducted from 1981 to 2007 show the happiness index rose in an overwhelming majority of nations studied. "It's a surprising finding," said U-M political scientist Ronald Inglehart, who directs the World Values Surveys and is the lead author of an article on...


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