What Does Imran Khan’s Victory Mean?

Imran Khan may be a national hero for his cricket exploits, but as a politician, he is a polarizing figure. So, his election victory will mean very different things to many different people. For his supporters, his triumph offers resounding proof that there is a “third way” in Pakistani politics — that a civilian leader not linked to family dynasties or older and established parties can rise to the very top. For his detractors, his victory represents a soft coup led by a Pakistani military determined to bring its preferred candidate to power. 

Brazilian Congressional Elections May Have All-Time-Low Turnover Rate

This year’s elections in Brazil will have the largest number of congressional candidates up for reelection since the country’s re-democratization in 1985. A survey by news portal UOL’s platform Congresso in Foco shows that at least 457 Members of Congress — 33 Senators and 424 Federal Deputies — will attempt to keep their seats. That total is 15 percent higher than in the last general elections, in 2014, and the highest ever recorded for Congress.

Pakistan Election Day 2018: News and Analysis

Stay up to date with the latest on Pakistan's 2018 election with news and analysis from the Asia Program's team of experts and fellows, with this continually updating coverage collection.

Before Pakistan’s Election, a Tale of Two Narratives

In the final blitz before the election, expect two loud narratives to remain dominant—and, in the process, to drown out a number of key election storylines.

It’s no surprise, given the sky-high degree of political polarization in Pakistan, that two clashing narratives are dominating the country’s public discourse in the lead up to a national election on July 25.

Book Release | Paths of Inequality in Brazil: A Half-Century of Change

Paths of Inequality in Brazil: A Half-Century of Change is the most comprehensive study to date of social and economic mobility in Latin America’s largest nation. A multidisciplinary analysis of the historical trajectories of various form of inequality in Brazil from 1960 to 2010, the book was originally published in Portuguese in 2015. The recently released e-book version in English widens the reach of this important volume, furthering understanding and fostering debate on the structures and legacies of inequality in Brazil - with lessons for the rest of the world as well.

How Presidential Elections Work In Brazil

Audrey Altstadt: Should Access to Truth Be a Human Right

A fellow at the Kennan Institute from September 2014 to May 2015, Audrey L. Altstadt is a history professor and co-director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.