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Nov
08
2022
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At home in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia lives alongside some of the world's most populous and diverse democracies. As we all emerge from two years of acute COVID-19 restrictions, some things...
Nov
03
2022
Commentary
Successive Australian governments, for many years now, have not had an explicit policy for fostering and promoting democracy. One is needed, now more than ever. Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in...
Nov
01
2022
Commentary
The election of Doreen Bogdan-Martin as Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union on 29 September was not just about selecting a top international bureaucrat. This election was...
Oct
25
2022
Commentary
“The system of using the BVAS for the conduct of elections has come to stay. There’s no going back” – Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman   Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this commentary are...
Sep
06
2022
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The recent revelations that some political parties in Sweden have tried to circumvent donation rules shows it is time to reflect on Sweden’s relatively lax regulatory approach and consider practical
Sep
06
2022
Commentary
Most of us are familiar with the concept of insuring our valuable assets, be it our house, car, or health. Professionals and businesses can also buy insurance to protect themselves against liability...
Aug
25
2022
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When political leaders return from their unusually hot summer holidays, they will soon face the spectre of an exceptionally cold winter. With gas and oil prices skyrocketing due to the war in...
Aug
01
2022
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On July 25, exactly one year after Tunisia’s maverick President Kais Saied sacked the prime minister, dissolved the parliament, suspended the much-celebrated 2014 constitution and started to rule by...
May
12
2022
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It is glaring from the high cost of nomination fees imposed by Nigerian political parties that the commercialization of politics is fast becoming an indelible feature of Nigeria’s political culture...
Apr
19
2022
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In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Meta announced a stark change in its policy.
Apr
14
2022
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In April 1953, six weeks after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, eight years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, and three years before Soviet tanks crushed the Hungarian Revolution, US...
Apr
12
2022
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While the situation remains fragile, the conditions for peace seem to have ripened in Ethiopia. Opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the...
Apr
11
2022
Commentary
The experience of the Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan illustrates the risks as Europe tries to find alternatives to Russian energy. Opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the...
Apr
01
2022
Commentary
While Serbian citizens are called to the polls on Sunday, the electoral campaign highlights longstanding challenges with democracy and the conundrum of choosing the EU accession path once and for all...
Mar
11
2022
Commentary
As the world commemorates the 2022 International Women's Day, the plummeting of women's representation in elective office in Africa is alarming. According to the first Women's Political Participation...
Feb
21
2022
Commentary
On the evening of 15 February 2022, reports emerged that key police and military officials in Djibouti were put under house arrest, reportedly amid fears of a coup d’état. This was the latest in the...
Nov
07
2021
Commentary
We, the four former presidents who sign this declaration, along with the Secretary General of International IDEA, do so following the same convictions that guided us before when we issued a statement...
Sep
22
2021
Commentary
Africa’s regional organizations won’t be taken seriously if they regularly denounce military juntas while tolerating constitutional coups. Disclaimer: Views expressed in this commentary are those of...
Jul
02
2021
Commentary
Across the world, election management bodies (EMBs) operate as bulwarks of the democratic process. By superintending electoral competition, EMBs uphold democratic values, influence political...
Jun
30
2021
Commentary
Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora is the Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), with over 25 years of experience in democratic governance as a researcher...