Essay: Nations in Transit 2006: Shifting Influences and Challenges - Nations in Transit 2006 marks the 10th edition of Freedom House's comprehensive, comparative study of post-Communist transitions from Central Europe to Eurasia. Focused on 29 countries and administrative areas, Nations in Transit 2006 covers a 12-month period, from January 1 to December 31, 2005, and provides comparative ratings and in-depth analysis of electoral process, civil society, independent media, national and local governance, judicial framework and independence, and corruption. - The report evaluates democratic performance in a wide range of states, encompassing the democracies of the new European Union (EU) member states to Central Asian authoritarian regimes. The 2006 report comes at a time when efforts to support democratization efforts in some of these regions are particularly challenging. Optimism over the color revolutions in Eurasia has been partially tempered by other Eurasia states' increasingly coordinated and energy-financed attempts at consolidating authoritarian rule. Closer to Europe, efforts to consolidate democratic gains in the Balkan region made progress but continued to be offset by uncertainties over the status of Kosovo and state-building challenges for most of the Balkan countries to attain membership in an increasingly reluctant EU. And even in the new member states of the EU, democratic consolidation throughout the past year has been hampered by persistent corruption concerns.- További ismertető: "Belelapozás".