The German Marshall Fund has released a paper, which explores recent economic and political developments in North Africa, and how the West has attempted to influence their development.
Election assistance increasingly targets countries where fraud or the perception thereof can trigger mass violence. To reduce this likelihood, donors must consistently support independent commissions, conduct parallel vote tabulations, and coordinate civil society actors.
While the outcome of the election is not in doubt, three issues have significant implications for the future of the country: Zanzibar, campaign finance regulation, and the status of independent candidates.
Following April's coup, Kyrgyzstan faces two hotly contested electoral events. Yet election authorities' hurried preparations and a legacy of unrealistically high turnout threaten the legitimacy of June's referendum and October's elections.
IFES' Anthony Bowyer looks at May 30's landmark municipal elections in Georgia: the politics behind new electoral institutions, the state of Georgia's opposition, the choices for voters, and what's at stake for Georgian democracy.
A developing field in social science, election forensics uses statistical analysis to measure how accurately election results may reflect voters' preferences. Analysts have used these techniques to audit election technology and detect possibilities of fraud. Prof. Walter R. Mebane reviews their development and application.
Free elections and a liberal media environment have made Ukraine's democracy one of the region's deepest. Print and TV journalists there, however, face increasing government pressure to distort what they cover, when, and how.