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Coming Pak general elections legitimise terror groups
Jul 03, 2018

Coming Pak general elections legitimise terror groups

Despite all its controls, the army still does not trust mainstream politicians.

Continuity and Change in Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook: Deliberating Post-Election Scenarios
Jan 04, 2024

Continuity and Change in Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook: Deliberating Post-Election Scenarios

Bangladesh’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, released in April 2023, is a projection of its interests in the region, and a testament to its political nonalignment and commitment to economic development. Its focus on upholding the rule of law and maintaining regional stability makes it a conducive partner for neighbouring countries and major powers in the Indo-Pacific. Bangladesh enjoys close ties with China, Japan, and the US, and a special relationship

Corporate funding of elections: A scrutiny of some recent developments
Apr 12, 2012

Corporate funding of elections: A scrutiny of some recent developments

The pending Companies Bill provides for in an increase in the corporate funding to political parties from 5% to 7.5% of the average net profits. This increase is despite the fact that the presence of strong corporate funding laws has not hindered companies to squeeze out crores in bribes.

Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws
Aug 23, 2023

Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws

This Issue Brief seeks to outline the history of corporate funding in India, legislation governing corporate funding, institutional innovations in corporate funding like electoral trusts, and international experiences and their relevance in the Indian context. Given the increasing clamour for transparent and accountable corporate funding of political parties, the Brief also explores the perils of over-reliance on corporate funding.

Decoding crucial trends from the Maldives’ Presidential elections
Sep 16, 2023

Decoding crucial trends from the Maldives’ Presidential elections

As Maldives heads to the second round of elections, uncertainty looms large for the island nation

Decoding recent elections in Europe: A tilt towards the Right?
Nov 09, 2022

Decoding recent elections in Europe: A tilt towards the Right?

Movement of right-wing parties from the margins to the mainstream represents one of the most significant political developments in Europe in the past

Decoding the Afghan elections
Nov 16, 2013

Decoding the Afghan elections

We need to look beyond the Presidential vote in Afghanistan, scheduled for next April. These elections would not only test equations of military and political power as the NATO forces pull out but also the strength and possibility of deeper enduring facts of the Afghan reality.

Delaying elections will only strengthen radicals and endanger Indian Ocean: Nasheed
Apr 18, 2012

Delaying elections will only strengthen radicals and endanger Indian Ocean: Nasheed

If Maldives becomes the biggest radical Islamic cell using the present political situation in the country, it would affect every nation in the Indian Ocean region as a huge part of trade in the Indian Ocean passes through the Maldives, according to former President Mr. Muhamed Nasheed.

Dissecting the Bihar Assembly elections
Nov 18, 2020

Dissecting the Bihar Assembly elections

Apart from emotive issues and caste loyalties, the narrative of governance played a major role in this election.

Does India matter in Nepali elections?
Nov 20, 2022

Does India matter in Nepali elections?

The “India factor” has normally played a big role in the course of Nepali politics, discourse, and elections

Domestic Issues in US Elections 2012
May 11, 2023

Domestic Issues in US Elections 2012

This Paper looks at the three most important domestic issues-the state of the economy, healthcare and social issues-that American voters are grappling with in the run-up to the presidential elections later this year.

Economic nationalism takes centre stage in the 2020 US election
Jul 24, 2020

Economic nationalism takes centre stage in the 2020 US election

As Biden’s ‘Buy American’ plan echoes Trump’s ‘America First’ vision, the upcoming election will oversee the further consolidation of econ

Egypt: Elections sans democracy and liberalism
Aug 07, 2013

Egypt: Elections sans democracy and liberalism

What are Catherine Ashton and William Burns up to in Cairo? How can they convince a legally elected President overthrown by a discredited Army to share power and work together?

Escalating conflicts between China and the US — Not just about Trump’s reelection?
Aug 12, 2020

Escalating conflicts between China and the US — Not just about Trump’s reelection?

The possibility of war between the US and China is not something that is exclusive to events today.

European Parliamentary elections 2019 — Challenging the status quo
Jun 11, 2019

European Parliamentary elections 2019 — Challenging the status quo

It was an erratic poll for populists and right-wing nationalists alike, but they extended their power in Europe’s capital nations.

Europe’s divided vote for change — 5 lessons from the EU parliamentary elections
May 28, 2019

Europe’s divided vote for change — 5 lessons from the EU parliamentary elections

2019 European parliamentary elections have been a boost for democracy in Europe.

Families dominate Lankan election scene
Oct 30, 2019

Families dominate Lankan election scene

As of now, the two are evenly poised: Sajith Premdasa is popular with the rural voters and the minorities, while Gotabaya is depending on the undoubted charisma of his brother Mahinda and the strong support of the conservative Buddhist clergy.

Financing elections in India: A scrutiny of corporate donation
Apr 09, 2019

Financing elections in India: A scrutiny of corporate donation

How are corporates/businesses funding political parties in India? Where do major political parties stand in terms of donations from corporates and bus

Firebrand cleric scores above Iran-backed militias in the recent elections in Iraq
Oct 21, 2021

Firebrand cleric scores above Iran-backed militias in the recent elections in Iraq

Iraq witnessed a new political force stepping into power as Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc emerged victorious in the recent elections

Flex, flux and the foreigner: AI and election interference
Mar 19, 2024

Flex, flux and the foreigner: AI and election interference

The democratic world must defend against the designs of adversarial regimes intent on manipulating electoral outcomes by exploiting generative AI's va

Focus on pilots selection, training
Mar 30, 2015

Focus on pilots selection, training

Given that pilot training is solely based on an individual's ability to afford it, and his selection by airlines dependent not just on an assessment of his capabilities but also the question of supply and demand, we can be fairly certain that unless this aspect is given due consideration, incidents like that of Germanwings will continue to plague us.

Forthcoming Presidential Elections in India
Jun 08, 2007

Forthcoming Presidential Elections in India

The Observer Research Foundation organised a roundtable on the "Forthcoming Presidential Election in India" on April 27, 2007 at the ORF Campus, Delhi. The roundtable was attended by several eminent personalities from the media, academia, political parties and think-tanks. The discussion largely focused on the possible contenders, the current electoral strengths of various political formations and possible scenarios that are likely to emerge.

Fumio Kishida outperforms election expectations
Nov 02, 2021

Fumio Kishida outperforms election expectations

The Liberal Democratic Party defied expectations and managed to sweep 261 seats with Fumio Kishida at the helm.

Funding Elections: Some Lessons from International Best Practices
Dec 01, 2011

Funding Elections: Some Lessons from International Best Practices

To ensure that the role of "big money" in influencing elections and policies is banished from the Indian polity, state funding, small donations, public subsidies, membership fees along with strict disclosure and reporting requirements must be encouraged and assiduously pursued.

General election in Nepal: नेपाल के आम-चुनावों पर क्‍यों है भारत और चीन की नज़र?
Jul 27, 2023

General election in Nepal: नेपाल के आम-चुनावों पर क्‍यों है भारत और चीन की नज़र?

नेपाल के आम चुनाव में पड़ोसी मुल्‍क भारत और चीन की दिलचस्‍पी बनी हुई है. खासकर तब जब चीन भारत को चौतरफा घेरने के लिए चीन नेपाल की जमीन का बेजा इस्‍तेमाल करने में लगा हुआ है.

General election in Nepal: नेपाल के आम-चुनावों पर क्‍यों है भारत और चीन की नज़र?
Nov 22, 2022

General election in Nepal: नेपाल के आम-चुनावों पर क्‍यों है भारत और चीन की नज़र?

नेपाल के आम चुनाव में पड़ोसी मुल्‍क भारत और चीन की दिलचस्�

George Floyd protests and the 2020 US presidential election
Jun 04, 2020

George Floyd protests and the 2020 US presidential election

From rising impatience with the ‘Black faces in high places’ approach to dampening conservatives’ ‘Blue Lives Matter’ clarion, George Floyd�

German elections: Watch out for AfD
Sep 22, 2017

German elections: Watch out for AfD

The AfD will be entering the Bundestag as it is expected to get nine to twelve per cent of votes.

Getting acquainted with Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election candidates
Aug 08, 2023

Getting acquainted with Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election candidates

Each of the three candidates bring something new to the table, granting the Taiwanese voters ample alternatives in the upcoming presidential elections