Overcoming Dilemmas of Democratization

By Joseph Siegle
Updated: 12/10/2012

Egypt Anti-Government Demonstrators

Egypt’s rocky post-Mubarak transition reflects the rearguard resistance, non-democratic attempts to hijack a democratic movement, and experience of democratically-elected leaders who, once in office, govern undemocratically that confront many democratic transitions. To foster the resilience needed to overcome these challenges, this piece highlights the importance of protecting journalists and civil society organizations, sustained international engagement, and legal sanctions for political actors who systematically undermine nascent democratic institutions.

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This article is part of a Special Issue published by the Nordic Journal of International Law commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg. For a full list of other contributions in this Special Issue, please see: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/15718107/81/4