Focus on Political Participation

Inside Indonesia’s Elections

Indonesia’s future depends on a strong Southeast Asia. The country’s next leader must make strategic choices that help prepare the region for the challenges it will face.

How India’s Parliamentary Elections Work

India is gearing up for the largest democratic exercise ever recorded—its 2014 parliamentary election. A new infographic explains what’s at stake and how the system works.

Egyptian Worker Protests

Independent trade unions remain the strongest nationally organized force confronting the autocratic tendencies of the old order. If they can solidify and expand their gains, they could be an important force leading Egypt toward a more democratic future.

More Infographics

  • Moving Tunisians From Despair to Hope

    December 14, 2018

    Political progress alone will not bring the positive changes Tunisians seek. Improving their lives first and foremost requires far-reaching economic and social reforms.

  • Political Sectarianism in Iraq and Lebanon

    June 30, 2017

    The ethnic and sectarian power-sharing systems in Lebanon and Iraq are in crisis.

  • The Structure of Corruption in Honduras

    May 30, 2017

    In some five dozen countries worldwide, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the iniquitous doings of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members.

  • Challenges to Return

    March 30, 2017

    Since 2011, nearly half of Syria’s prewar population has been displaced inside and outside the country. Given the scale of displacement, destruction, and territorial fragmentation refugee return will require concerted focus on several key areas.

  • Tunisia’s Challenged Democracy

    March 31, 2016

    Despite political progress, socioeconomic frustration is rising, while confidence in institutions is declining. Tunisians are no longer clear about the benefits of democracy, but they are certain that they do not want to go back to the way things were.

  • The Politics of 2 Percent: NATO and the Security Vacuum in Europe

    September 02, 2015

    It is unrealistic to expect all NATO allies to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense. Yet the metric persists—and it has assumed a significance beyond its face value.

  • Different Oils. Different Climate Impacts.

    June 03, 2015

    Oil is changing. Conventional oil resources are dwindling as tight oil, oil sands, heavy oils, and others emerge.

  • Where in the World Is the EU?

    April 28, 2015

    The EU’s perspective and action are clearly global in nature. However, the scope of the union’s international ambitions remains uncertain.

  • Where Has India’s Congress Party Gone?

    April 07, 2015

    Unless the Congress is able to arrest its hasty decline, the party could be writing itself into electoral irrelevance.

  • Oil-Water Nexus

    January 08, 2015

    Technological advances are driving the development of unconventional oils further and faster than ever before.

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