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Project on Democratic Transitions

Project on Democratic Transitions

Recent Commentary:
Geopolitical Implications of the Ukraine Crisis: What is at Stake for Ukraine and Moldova? 
by Maia Otarashvili and Hannah Lidicker 
Russian Invasion of Ukraine FPRI e-note by Michael Cecire
Ukraine and the Future of the Western Democratization Agenda by Adrian Basora, Maia Otarashvili & Hannah Lidicker
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PDT is proud to report that 2013 was a highly productive year for the Project. Click here to read about our Year in Review 2013
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Launched 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.