Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2007

In Osteuropa 8-9/2007

Without Guarantees
Promoting Democracy in Central Asia

Jörn Grävingholt

Deutsche Fassung


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, western states, international organisations and non-governmental organisations have tried to promote democracy in Central Asia. They have not contributed to the establishment and consolidation of democracies. The implicit assumption that Central Asia must be helped along the way to democracy is misleading. The central challenge is promoting democracy within non-democracies. There are good reasons to do this, provided goals are realistically formulated and commensurate means are deployed.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2007, pp. 401–416)