Letter from the Editors

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Peering forward from 1979, even the most prescient thinker could not have foreseen the events that have unfolded in the last 30 years. In a world characterized by constant action, the temptation is to impatiently press forward so as not to be left behind. Yet this issue, which marks our 30th volume and the 30th anniversary of our founding, has given us occasion to pause, not only to take stock of where we have come from but to decide how we plan to continue.

Founded to "cover that middle ground between academic scholarship and journalism" the Harvard International Review has done more than record the dizzying changes occurring across the globe. We have dedicated our pages to those who catalyze, sustain, and study these changes. From the minds of academics, presidents, Secretaries-General, Nobel Laureates, reformers, and revolutionaries, we have found a voice that represents no particular political creed, national bias, or way of looking at the world. Rather, it is a voice that asks readers to consider novel ideas and to approach old ideas with a new set of eyes.

Paradoxically, carrying out our mission requires both a sense of tradition and a willingness to constantly rethink our methods. The HIR Online--hir.harvard.edu--now provides an outlet for timely and diverse topics beyond the pages of our magazine. With parallel insight. HIR Online allow us to make the arguments of scholars, policymakers, and other actors in international affairs available to an even wider audience.

The forces of tradition and transformation are evident in the this issue as well. The core of our magazine is a symposium on elections, their processes, and their participants. Gerald Pomper opens the symposium with a piece on the philosophical foundations of democratic theory. Jeff Manza follows with analysis of social group voting and how evolving demographics promise to change election outcomes and party alignments. Jorge Castaneda shares his views on the 2006 Mexican presidential election, perhaps the most controversial of this new century. Tony Leon, leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance opposition party, gives his unrivaled perspective on the realities of post-apartheid politics. …

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