Project on Democratic Transitions




On October 20th, 2014 PDT co-sponsored a Democracy Conference with the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Click on the links below to watch the recordings of each conference segment: 

Welcoming Remarks by Matt Rojansky and Adrian Basora & Panel 1: "Revisiting the case for democracy assistance" Carl Gershman, Nick Gvosdev, Barak Hoffman and Thomas Melia. Moderated by Will Pomerantz

Panel 2: "How effective are the core components of US democracy promotion? Are they adequate for today’s circumstances?" Sarah Bush, Tsveta Petrova, Michal Koran and Melinda Haring. Moderated by Christian Caryl

Keynote Address by Larry Diamond, Introduction by Alan Luxenberg & Concluding Remarks by Amb. Adrian Basora, Richard Kraemer, Matt Rojansky & Larry Diamond 


Click here for PDT's Year in Review 2013 


aunched in 2005, the Project on Democratic Transitions began with a primary focus on the political transitions of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia after 1989. The goal has been to better understand both the successes and the failures of democratization attempts in the post-communist countries, and to draw policy-relevant conclusions from this experience.


On this page you will find information about our current research and Recent Findings along with a vast and comprehensive Literature Survey summarizing relevant literature on the subject of democratic transitions.
Democracy Watch is a new project at PDT, and it monitors major developments in countries of interest. Project staff and interns actively participate in creating the Election Watch reports which summarize the election results, pre and post-election discussions, and offer brief analyses from PDT experts. Further information about PDT's past and most recent publications and events is also available on this page and our Working Hypotheses in PDF format offers further, in-depth explanation of PDT's theoretical framework. Click here to read more about the project mission