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.

Zbigniew Romaszewski: A Life in Human Rights

Zbigniew Romaszewski: A Life in Human Rights (MS Word) by Eric Chenoweth
Published in Sarmatian Review, no. 415, April 2015 (PDF).

Dances with Dictators: General Jaruzelski’s Revisionists

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. The events helped to spark the Velvet Revolutions that spread, within the next six months, to Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Berlin, […]

By |September 1st, 2014|Communism, Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Poland, Solidarity|

An Allegory in Court

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 in various proceedings. But my testimony was unusual. I am an American, living in New York, without any claims of […]

By |October 22nd, 2013|Centers for Pluralism, Eric Chenoweth, IDEE, Poland|

AFL-CIO Support for Solidarity

AFL-CIO  Support for Solidarity: Political, Moral, Financial by Eric Chenoweth

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By |December 19th, 2011|Committee in Support of Solidarity, Eric Chenoweth, Poland, Solidarity|

Common Elements of Successful Opposition to Communism in Eastern Europe

By Eric Chenoweth and Irena Lasota

The following essay was written in 1999 as one of several Democracy Pamphlets, which were prepared as a series and translated into Spanish for distribution in Cuba for the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe’s Democracy for Cuba program. Other Democracy Pamphlets in English are available at IDEE’s original web site (see Cuba Democracy Pamphlets).


By |July 9th, 1999|Centers for Pluralism, Communism, Eric Chenoweth, Irena Lasota|