Democratic Transition

The Ukrainian Presidential Election: Outcomes and Expectations

In March 2019, Ukraine began a super-election period, which will include presidential, parliamentary, and local elections between now and 2020. Three days after Ukraine’s presidential election, a panel of leading Ukrainian and international political analysts will discuss the electoral process, the outcome of the vote, and its impact for the country's future.

Algeria’s Slim Chance for Civilian Rule

After twenty years in power, Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutefika is the latest Arab leader to succumb to a popular uprising of massive discontent, bowing on April 2 to the street and his own military’s demand that he resign immediately.  Four other Arab strongmen met the same fate for the same reason in 2011, and each time the result has been short-term political chaos (Tunisia and Egypt) or long-term civil war (Libya and Yemen).  

Camelia Bogdan Awarded the 2019 Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship

Awarded yearly by the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, London and the Rațiu Center for Democracy, Turda, in partnership with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award and Fellowship aims to support individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy as activists or intellectuals, whether they are in exile from repressive regi

Argentina's Election 2019 | Timeline and Candidate Spotlight

Hot Potato: Argentine Presidential Handoffs

2019 Brazilian Congress

The Abraham F. Lowenthal Fellowship

Given the recent lapse in federal funding and subsequent government shutdown, we are anticipating a delay with the fellowship selection process. 

 

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.

What to Expect from Pakistan's Election?

On July 25, Pakistan will hold an election that will constitute the country’s second consecutive peaceful transfer of power. The incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, hit by corruption charges that have resulted in a 10-year jail sentence for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will try to fend off several opponents. They are led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan.

Fed Up With Corruption, Fresh Faces Take On Brazil’s Political Old Guard

Pedro Markun once thought hacking Brazil’s political system was the best way to change it.

For the last decade, the 32-year-old computer programmer roiled the political establishment with digital intrusions, like cloning the presidential blog to allow comments.

Now, he wants to do more than just shake up the establishment. He wants to defeat it at the ballot box in a bid for a seat in Congress.

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