Democracy Assistance and Elections

Critical Questions: The Russian ‘Election’
Sarah Mendelson discusses Russia's political trajectory on the eve of its 2008 presidential "election."  February 29, 2008.

Dreaming of a Democratic Russia
Sarah Mendelson reflects on her experience with democracy promotion in Russia in the mid-1990s in light of its 2007/2008 "election" cycle in this piece for the The American Scholar. Winter 2008.

The Duma Elections, Politics and Putin: Where is Russia Going?
Sarah Mendelson prepared written testimony on Russia’s political situation, presented to the Helsinki Commission, U.S. Congress. December 6, 2007.

A Hero of Our Time?
Sarah Mendelson reflects on the death of Boris Yeltsin in this op-ed for The Guardian online. April 23, 2007.

Soviet Nostalgia: An Impediment to Russian Democratization
Sarah Mendelson and Ted Gerber (University of Wisconsin-Madison) discuss the need for retargeted assistance for democracy building in Russia based on what survey data suggest about Russian attitudes towards their government and their past in this article in The Washington Quarterly. Winter 2005.

The Seven Ingredients: When Democracy Promotion Works
Sarah Mendelson identifies seven necessary and sufficient conditions for democracy promotion in this article for the Harvard International Review. Summer 2004.

Why Russia’s Unfinished Democracy is Bad for Business
Sarah Mendelson reaches out to the business community on political conditions in Russia in Russia Business Watch. Summer 2003.

Russians Support NGOs but Not Parties
Sarah Mendelson and Ted Gerber discuss what survey data suggest about Russian opinions of Human Rights and NGOs in this PONARS Policy Memo (number 256). October 1, 2002.

The Dark Side Is Strong in Vladimir Putin’s Russia
Sarah Mendelson in the Globe and Mail (Canada). July 20, 2001.

Democracy Assistance and Political Transition in Russia: Between Success and Failure
Sarah Mendelson details the work of NDI and IRI in Russia in the mid-1990s and its impact in International Security, Vol. 25, No. 4. Spring 2001.

The Putin Path: Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Retreat
Writing in the early months of the Putin era, Sarah Mendelson details the first steps in the Putin approach to the rollback of human rights in Russia in Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 47, No. 5. September/October 2000.  Available upon request.