Eric Chenoweth’s Articles
Revised July 28, 2016 PDF Version
by Eric Chenoweth
“Democracy may, after all, turn out to be an historical accident, a brief parenthesis that is closing before our eyes.” — Jean François Revel, How Democracies Perish, 1983There have been many who prognosticated democracy’s doom. […]
June 24, 2016 PDF Version
by Eric ChenowethIn 1976, the French political theorist Jean François Revel warned of the “totalitarian temptation” in the West at a time when many intellectuals were attacking political democracy, often in favor of Soviet communism. Forty years later, the danger posed by Soviet communism is gone, but political democracy is again under severe threat, this time from an authoritarian temptation that has reached the United States. […]
Opening Remarks: Eric Chenoweth, Co-Director, Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe
Public Memorial Meeting on the Anniversary of Miljenko Dereta’s Death
Organized by Civic Initiatives / November 23, 2015
Zbigniew Romaszewski: A Life in Human Rights (MS Word) by Eric Chenoweth
Published in Sarmatian Review, no. 415, April 2015 (PDF).
The following article appeared in the journal World Affairs in its September-October 2014 issue.
Twenty-five years ago, breakthrough elections were held in Poland that led, within three months, to the downfall of that country’s communist regime. […]
By Eric Chenoweth
I testified in a Polish court recently. That in itself is not unusual. I saw many people in the hallways of the administrative court building waiting to testify […]