The Present Danger

Revised October 7, 2016                                                                                                                      PDF Version         

by Eric Chenoweth

Editorial boards of newspapers have become the most responsible civic voices in this year’s US presidential election. […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth|

Answering Authoritarian Politics:

An Open Letter to an American Citizen
About the 2016 Presidential Election
September 16, 2016

by Eric Chenoweth                                                                                          PDF Version          […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Communism, Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Poland|

How Democracies Perish

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, 1983

There have been many who prognosticated democracy’s doom. […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth|

The Authoritarian Temptation

June 24, 2016                                                                                                                                              PDF Version

by Eric Chenoweth

In 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. […]

By |June 24th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth|

Miljenko Dereta: Idealist and Fighter for Democratic Serbia

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

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By |December 2nd, 2015|Centers for Pluralism, Eric Chenoweth, Unfinished Revolutions|

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).

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