ON-Lion Letter
The Journal of Democracy's January 2010 issue worthily marks its 20th anniversary.  "When we informed friends and contributors that we were preparing the twentieth anniversary issue of the Journal of Democracy," its editors write at the beginning of the issue, "their reactions tended to be very similar:  'I can't believe that it's already been twenty years!'  To us as well, the two decades since the inaugural issue of the Journal appeared in January 1990 seem to have flown by, but they certainly have not been uneventful."

For the anniversary issue, nine essays by such top scholars as Robert Putnam of Harvard University, Francis Fukuyama of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, Philippe C. Schmitter of the European University Institute, Guillermo O'Donnell of the University of Notre Dame, and others, as well as the Journal's editors Marc F. Plattner and Larry Diamond, seek to shed light on "Democracy's Past and Future."

A shorter set of articles in the quarterly, written by seven leading analysts, seeks to draw out the lessons of "Twenty Years of Postcommunism."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Journal of Democracy.
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