LETTER FROM THE DEAN.

AuthorJanow, Merit E.

This issue of the Journal of International Affairs is broad ranging and asks questions of great consequence about the future of democracy, be it in Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, Turkey, or in an age of data and interconnection. Its publication could not be more timely or important. Today we find ourselves at a pivotal moment with respect to democracy, both as a system of governance and as a set of principles and values in the world.

Over the course of its long history, the Journal of International Affairs has undertaken an examination of democracy and its evolution around the world at various times. For example, in an early volume published in 1952, the Journal featured articles on "Communism, Democracy and Catholic Power," and "Symbols of Democracy." In 1985, it devoted an entire issue to "Dilemmas of Democracy." It has covered democratization in countries such as Brazil, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Poland, Taiwan and many others. With the release of this edition, The Democracy Issue, the Journal once again revisits this...

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