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Popular protests pose a conundrum for the AU’s opposition to coups

Disclaimer:Views expressedin this commentaryare those of thestaff member.This commentaryis independent ofspecific national orpolitical interests.Views expresseddo not necessarilyrepresent theinstitutional position ofInternational IDEA, itsBoard of Advisers orits Council of MemberStates. Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir was overthrown in April following months of incessant countrywide protests. Less than two weeks earlier, protesters forced Algeria’s long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.The ultimate push

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How do we strengthen democratic deliberation in local-level governance?

A screenshot from the viral video showing: 1. a person taking a ballot out of an envelope, 2.a stack of ballots sitting on the person’s lap ready to be “dealt with”, 3.the person, using a wooden pick similar-looking to those officially produced, punched the ballot at a particular location, and 4.the person would then put the punched ballot back to

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The Perils of Out-Of-Country Voting: The Case of Indonesia’s Postal Ballots

Disclaimer: Views expressedin this commentaryare those of thestaff member.This commentaryis independent ofspecific national orpolitical interests.Views expresseddo not necessarilyrepresent theinstitutional position ofInternational IDEA, itsBoard of Advisers orits Council of MemberStates. Indonesians, particularly those living overseas like me, were astonished on Thursday, 11 April 2019, by the discovery of pre-marked ballots in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As per the new

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Dr Surin Pitsuwan Fellowship: International IDEA and Thammasat University seal the partnership

International IDEA and the Thammasat University sealed its partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in honour of the legacy and dedication to democracy building of the late Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former Chair of the Board of Advisors of International IDEA. The MoU creates the Surin Pitsuwan Fellowship, announced on 30November 2018 in commemoration of the first anniversary of Dr

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Between Trust, Transparency & Accuracy: The Dilemma Faced by the Election Commission of Thailand

As presented in a recent commentary, the Thai people went back to polls last Sunday, 24 March 2019. For about seven million of young Thais, it was their first election ever. For many still, it was the first time since the last legitimate elections in 2011. The late announcement of the elections by the government, coupled with the members of

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Linkage between Climate Change and Democracy: International IDEA signs MoU with the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat

To form a closer relation with the Melanesian countries and further strengthen International IDEA’s activities in the Pacific region, an extension of the MoU was signed with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat. The Melanesian Spearhead Group is a sub-regional organization[1] established to promote and strengthen Melanesian cultures, traditions, values and sovereign equality, and foster sustainable economic and technical cooperation

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Keen interest to learn about the Global State of Democracy at the Third Age University in Bruges

More than 600 persons gathered in the premises of the Third Age University in Bruges, Belgium,to listen to Secretary-General Yves Leterme as he delivered a presentation and answered questions on the state of democracy around the world. In his speech, the Secretary-General highlighted the holistic approach that International IDEA takes when analyzing democracy based on five attributes: Participatory Engagement, Impartial

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Roundtable: Political empowerment of women through ICTs

The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized on 7 December 2018, a Roundtable discussion on ”Political empowerment of women through ICTs”, with the support of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. The aim of the event was to share experiences and views on the availability and use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) tools to advance

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International IDEA Member States discuss ways to achieve the Agenda 2030 through multi-level policy and business action

The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized a Meeting of Representatives of International IDEA Member States in Brussels on 3 December 2018. The meeting was hosted by the Permanent Mission of the African Union to the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. Serving as a Local Chair of the International IDEA Council

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