About Eric Chenoweth

Eric Chenoweth was co-founder of IDEE and its original director from 1985 to 1987. He has been its co-director since 1994 overseeing publications and special programs. He is also a consultant for the Albert Shanker Institute and has worked on a variety of its projects, including as principal author of Democracy Web, an extracurricular resource that includes 12 chapters on basic principles of democracy and 36 country studies. He has written on human rights, democracy and Eastern Europe in a wide variety of English-language and foreign publications.

A Mouse Gives Birth to a Mountain: What the Mueller Report Tells Us About the Russian Intervention

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, May 23, 2019)

In the manner of Russian propaganda, where everything is true if it supports the leader, Donald Trump has asserted simultaneously that the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller completely exonerated him (“No collusion, no obstruction, game over”) and that the Special Counsel’s investigation was completely illegitimate (a […]

By |May 24th, 2019|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

Can American Democracy Survive

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, November 5, 2018)

“Which world is ‘natural’? That which existed before or the world of war?
Both are natural if both are within the realm of one’s experience.”
Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind, 1953

It was a political eternity ago.

In 2016, several political commentators (myself included) warned about the potential consequences of […]

By |November 5th, 2018|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

The Alarming Story that Won’t Go Away

by Eric Chenoweth

The American Interest (Published on: June 4, 2018)

Despite all the diminishment, denial, and deflection, the evidence is mounting that Russian interference may have tipped the 2016 election.

In mid-February, the news cycle was saturated with coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians, the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), and two […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

Crimean Tatar Leaders Call for Increased Sanctions On Russia

IDEE Press Statement

Crimean Tatar Leaders Call for Increased Sanctions
Against Russia for Illegal Occupation of Crimea and Systematic Repression

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2018): Released political prisoners Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, leaders of the Crimean Tatar nation who were imprisoned by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea, called for increased sanctions on Russia during a trip to […]

By |May 21st, 2018|Crimea, IDEE|

The Authoritarian Challenge: The Concordance of Trump’s Presidency and Putin’s Russia

Revised September 26, 2017                                                                                                       […]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

Democracy’s Champion: In Remembrance of Albert Shanker

by Eric Chenoweth

The following article was posted as part of a series published to commemorate Albert Shanker, a unique American union leader, on the 20th anniversary of his death. The full series, published by the Albert Shanker Institute (the foundation established in his name by the American Federation of Teachers), can be found here. Albert Shanker and the AFT were original and steadfast supporters of and contributors to the Committee in Support of Solidarity and the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe and took an active part in their work. His contributions to the struggle for freedom in Eastern Europe and in the world are described more fully in a monograph by the same author titled Democracy’s Champion: Albert Shanker and the International Impact of the American Federation of Teachers. […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Does the Constitution Demand Such an Outcome?

December 16, 2017

by Eric Chenoweth                                                                                                                                       PDF Version

Long before all the votes were counted, American citizens were told to accept the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. We are still being told this despite mounting evidence that he may be beholden to a hostile foreign power for his election. […]

By |December 17th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth, Uncategorized|

Let Hamilton Speak: Recapturing American Democracy

December 17, 2016

by Eric Chenoweth                                                                                                                                      PDF Version

Americans are being told that the Electoral College overrides the national vote in US presidential elections because the nation’s founders established a federal system for states to determine the selection of the country’s only national office. […]

By |December 17th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth, Uncategorized|

Turning Away From The Election’s Alarming Story: Russian Intervention

by Eric Chenoweth

The following appeared in the Washington Post, November 26, 2016.

In assessing Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Americans continue to look away from this election’s most alarming story: the successful effort by a hostile foreign power to manipulate public opinion prior to the vote. […]

By |November 26th, 2016|Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

Can US Democracy Defend Itself?

The following article appeared in The Washington Post, November 2, 2016.

By Eric Chenoweth

Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has posed many challenges to U.S. media. In at least one frightening respect, it has failed: News outlets are actively abetting an authoritarian and imperialist foreign power’s attempt to manipulate a U.S. presidential election to aid its favored candidate, Trump, and sanctioning an assault on the individual and civil liberties of all American citizens. […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|