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    The Activist Legacy of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

    • Ming-sho Ho
    • August 02, 2018

    Taiwan’s 2014 Sunflower Movement unleashed a wave of youthful activism that has profoundly reshaped the island’s political landscape, showing how activists can effect change through elections.

    • Op-Ed

    Singapore Sham

    Setting aside the unforced errors of the Singapore meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, this attempt to roll back North Korea’s nuclear program invites a rethinking of U.S. strategy.

    • Op-Ed

    The Dwindling Minority

    Muslim MPs currently occupy 19 seats of the Lok Sabha (or 3.5 percent of its members), the lowest figure since 1952.

    • Op-Ed

    The Path to Reforms: Ensure Enforcement, Bring Clarity

    • Devesh Kapur, E Sridharan, Milan Vaishnav
    • July 27, 2018
    • Hindustan Times

    Electoral finance reforms could relax limits on expenditures, but should also feature full transparency with adequate verification and enforcement mechanisms.

    • Op-Ed

    Money Matters in Indian Elections: Why Parties Depend on Wealthy Candidates

    • Neelanjan Sircar
    • July 26, 2018
    • Hindustan Times

    The rise of wealthy candidates is driven by the weak representative role of India’s elected politicians, which discourages quality governance and leads elected politicians to view their election campaign as an economic investment in the future.

    • Countdown to February 2019: A Look Ahead at Nigeria’s Elections

      International engagement will be critical to the success of Nigeria’s February elections, but its international partners—in particular the United States—appear less engaged than they were four years ago.

      • Article

      Ten Ways Washington Can Confront Global Corruption

      • Abigail Bellows
      • July 25, 2018

      The State Department and USAID can pursue an array of internal and external initiatives to combat corruption globally, especially in countries that have faced recent political transitions.

      • Testimony

      Egypt: Security, Human Rights, and Reform

      What the U.S. government, and particularly Congress, can do is scrutinize engagement with and assistance to Egypt in order to ensure that they promote stability for the nation rather than one man rule.

      • Op-Ed

      Why Are Elections Getting More Expensive in India?

      • Simon Chauchard
      • July 25, 2018
      • Hindustan Times

      Costlier elections may not result from lower levels of morality in the political class or from a surge in bribe giving. They instead likely flow from rising levels of political competition.

      • Op-Ed

      Funding Elections in India: Whose Money Has the Most Influence?

      • Jennifer Bussell
      • July 24, 2018
      • Hindustan Times

      Despite obvious obfuscation, there is much to be learned from asking politicians about campaign finance and the role of black money in Indian elections.

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