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July 18, 2019
The robust and peaceful participation of parties in the 2015 general elections and the 2017 and 2018 by-elections is one of the most important achievements in Burma’s democratic transition. As the 2020 general elections in Burma approach, the country continues to take steps towards a more... Read More
June 27, 2019
“Elections” are often the first thing people think of when they think about democracy. And while elections are a key component, there is much more to democracy than that. For example, effective democracy requires the rule of law, the separation of powers, functioning political parties, an... Read More
May 02, 2019
In 2012, Burma’s democratic reforms opened the door for competitive multiparty elections after many years of military rule and dictatorship. Ushered in by... Read More
April 29, 2019
A shared majority Buddhist religious heritage, landlocked geographic status, communist histories and a border with China made Mongolia the ideal location for a Lao study tour. Mongolia and Laos share unique commonalities—both are landlocked countries with a shared Buddhist heritage and historic... Read More
April 16, 2019
Following the fall of Suharto’s three-decade presidency in 1998, Indonesian citizens embraced democracy and have since successfully completed four national elections and experienced peaceful transitions of power. The election on April... Read More
February 21, 2019
The 2015 election in Burma was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after 50 years of authoritarian rule. Expectations were high for continued economic and political reforms after the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) electoral success. While the election was a positive first... Read More
November 30, 2018
Kerkan Wignyawinata began his career in international democracy development with IRI in 1998. At the time, Indonesia was facing a falling economy, student-led protests and ongoing conflict in... Read More
November 08, 2018
On November 12, 1991, the Indonesian military shot and killed over 250 Timorese citizens in the Santa Cruz Cemetery in Dili, Timor-Leste’s capital. The event is known as the Santa Cruz massacre. The victims were part of a memorial... Read More
September 28, 2018
In early February 2018, the Maldives descended into political chaos as President Abdulla Yameen used a state of emergency to crack down on opposition. Since his election in 2013, President Yameen has grown increasingly authoritarian and built closer alliances with China. The region watched as... Read More
August 09, 2018
In 2006, people took the streets to chant Loktantra Zindabad, meaning “long-live democracy” in Nepali. Millions shouted these words to put an end to the direct rule of the King in Nepal. The April uprising of 2006 not only transformed the Himalaya nation from monarch to republic, but also restored... Read More

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