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January 05, 2017
Precedent is highly important in legal systems, but what about precedent in new democracies? How can new democracies establish democratic norms and processes when there’s little precedent for it? For Mongolia’s thriving civil society, embarking on campaign finance oversight marks an... Read More
December 19, 2016
The people of Bhutan, who chose their local government leaders for the second time since its democratic transition on September 27, had more choices than ever with 3,391 hopefuls, including many women and youth candidates, vying for the 1,499 posts. There are many possible reasons for this... Read More
December 13, 2016
Since 2007, Politico has been feeding the insatiable appetites of DC insiders, policy wonks, hill staffers, as well as poli-sci students across the country with political analysis on the day-to-day of American democracy in action. In 2015, Politico launched... Read More
December 09, 2016
Overwhelmingly, IRI's Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment (VCA) found that citizen participation and engagement are critical to addressing corruption and advancing Decentralization and Deconcentration Reforms in Cambodia. October 2016 marked twenty-five years since the end of the conflict in... Read More
December 05, 2016
In the United States, partisan politics has hit one of its highest points of polarization in decades. Elected officials in Washington, D.C. remain sorted into their respective camps increasingly in the workplace as well as social situations. While “the aisle” sometimes appears to be more of a... Read More
November 15, 2016
Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) announced that it will hold by-elections for 19 vacant seats in national and regional parliaments on April 1, 2017. The by-election will affect more than two million voters across 22 townships in eight of Burma’s provinces. The vacant seats were created... Read More
September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More
September 22, 2016
Since Indonesia adopted a gender-quota law for elections in 2003, and strengthened it five years later, the number of women elected to the 560-seat House of Representatives, or DPR, had increased, from 11% in 2004 to more than 18% in 2009.  Unfortunately, instead of taking advantage of the... Read More
September 14, 2016
This morning I had the pleasure to witness the formal signing ceremony welcoming Sri Lanka into the House Democracy Partnership, or HDP.  HDP’s mission is to “promote responsive, effective government and strengthen democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies.”... Read More
September 12, 2016
Over the past week, I’ve had the privilege to visit Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the State Department-sponsored 2016 Summit of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). My colleagues in our Asia division put on a flawless program that included trainings in monitoring and evaluation... Read More

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