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Event Summary: Candidates, Voters, and Bots: The Forces at Play in the October 2018 Brazilian Elections

More than 140 million Brazilian voters will go to the polls on October 7 to choose a new president, 27 governors, and hundreds of representatives at the federal and state levels. It is likely to be the most consequential election that Brazil has seen since the reinstatement of democracy in the 1980s. It is also proving to be one of the hardest to predict, as the electorate remains skeptical of the political class four years into an unprecedented corruption investigation that has now seen the imprisonment of leading political figures and businessmen.

Fernando Haddad - Candidate Bio

Brutal Stabbing of Candidate Further Clouds an Already Uncertain Presidential Race in Brazil

The article below was updated 9/13/2018 by the author to reflect the latest public opinion polls and recent developments in the presidential campagin in Brazil.

Standing before Decisive Choices: Electoral Frames for Ukraine’s Political Agenda

BY MIKHAIL MINAKOV

Reaching Brazilian Voters in Presidential Elections: Television and Social Media

Will Women Decide the Brazilian Election? The Potential Impact of Female Voters and Candidates

Women could play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this fall. As many as one-third of female voters are currently undecided and half reject the current front-runner, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro. Leading male candidates, ostensibly in an effort to gain women votes, are choosing female running mates.

2018 Brazilian Presidential Elections Debate Schedule

Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa Presents at the Vail Symposium in Colorado

On August 8th, 2018 Dr. Monde Muyangwa, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa program, presented at the Vail Symposium on “Africa Matters: A Perspective on U.S.-Africa Relations.” Although there were four other competing events at the Vail Symposium, there were still approximately 150 people in attendance. Dr.

Why We Ignore Bangladesh at Our Peril

Earlier this month, armed men on motorcycles attacked the vehicle of Marcia Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, as she was leaving a dinner party in the capital city of Dhaka. According to local media reports, the men chased and threw bricks at her motorcade.

Fortunately, Bernicat and her retinue were unharmed. As of this writing, the perpetrators have not been identified.

It’s not often that a U.S. ambassador is attacked while posted overseas. And yet, the incident received relatively little media attention in the United States.

Bots in Brazil: The Activity of Social Media Bots in Brazilian Elections

Over the last decade, the advent of social media has transformed the way that the electorate interacts with the political system in Brazil. New political movements such as Agora! and Acredito have relied heavily on social media to gather support. Likewise, policymakers and politicians are more able than ever before to communicate directly with voters.

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