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.

How to Help Belarusan Democrats

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The people of Belarus continue to protest the blatant stealing of another election by Alexander Lukashenka and his regime’s harsh repression. As it has done for more than 30 years, the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE) stands in solidarity with the people of Belarus and calls on all democratic governments, legislatures and […]

By |August 21st, 2020|Belarus, Centers for Pluralism, Democracy, Eastern Europe, IDEE|

Can It Happen Here?

“The main thing is, they’re talking about us.”Joseph Goebbels, The Goebbels Diaries

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, November 11, 2019) (PDF Version)

Comparing Trump’s presidency with past fascist regimes, and particularly that of Hitler’s Germany, is generally seen as partisan hyperbole. Past warnings of a Nazi-like leader taking hold in America — like Sinclair Lewis’s ironically […]

By |June 29th, 2020|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia, Uncategorized|

Russia-gate Still Matters

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, November 11, 2019) (PDF Version)

A majority of Americans support the
impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. With each witness’s testimony,
they learn the extent of how Trump risked America’s national security and
betrayed his oath to the Constitution to extort Ukraine’s new leader for his
own political benefit. Speaker Nancy […]

By |November 27th, 2019|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia, Uncategorized|

The Missing Commemoration of 1980 — and 1989

by Eric Chenoweth (PDF Version)

On the 30th anniversary of the 1989 “velvet revolutions” that resulted in the downfall of communist regimes in the Soviet bloc countries of Central and Eastern Europe, there was  little reflection on the most important social and political movement that helped to bring about this […]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Committee in Support of Solidarity, Communism, Eric Chenoweth, Poland, Solidarity|

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|