Markets and Democracy in the 21st Century

Markets and Democracy in the 21st Century is a major research area of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative. Many viewed the end of the Cold War as the triumph of the Western model of liberal capitalist democracy. Today, however, that is no longer clear. China’s rise has produced an alternative system of "authoritarian capitalism;" attempts to build enduring democratic institutions in Iraq and Afghanistan have faced deep challenges; and the economic crisis of recent years has rattled faith in open markets. The Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative is examining issues surrounding economic and political openness and reform—and the United States’ efforts to promote these goals—in the context of current debates.

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Media Conference Call: Russia's Presidential Vote

Speakers: Charles A. Kupchan and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Anya Schmemann

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on March 5, 2012 with almost 64 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Charging violations at the polls, protestors rallied in downtown Moscow. Listen to CFR senior fellows Charles Kupchan and Stephen Sestanovich discuss the outcome of the elections, Russia's future, and U.S.-Russia relations.

See more in Elections; Russian Federation

Media Conference Call: Russia’s Presidential Vote

Speakers: Charles A. Kupchan and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Anya Schmemann

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on March 5, 2012 with almost 64 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Charging violations at the polls, protestors rallied in downtown Moscow. Listen to CFR senior fellows Charles Kupchan and Stephen Sestanovich discuss the outcome of the elections, Russia's future, and U.S.-Russia relations.

See more in Elections; Russian Federation

Russia: Politics, Protests and the Presidential Election

Speakers: Leon Aron, Stephen Sestanovich, and Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr.
Presider: Fred Hiatt

Ahead of the Russian presidential elections on March 4, Leon Aron, Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., and Stephen Sestanovich assess recent demonstrations of public discontent in the Russian streets and discuss the future of the country, its leaders, and U.S.-Russia relations.

See more in Russian Federation; Elections; Political Movements and Protests

Conservatives, Liberals, and Human Rights

Authors: Mark P. Lagon and William F. Schulz
Policy Review

Mark P. Lagon and William F. Schulz take a closer look at how liberals and conservatives understand and advance human rights and lay out options for creating a more unified human rights movement focused on resilience and creative policies rather than dogmatism.

See more in Human Rights; United States