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The identity fault lines of a West Bengal voter
Jun 19, 2019

The identity fault lines of a West Bengal voter

The fallout of this election forefronts the fault lines in the Bengali identity whose syncretic political and cultural climate has now been marred by religious insecurities.

The Iran vote and after
Feb 17, 2006

The Iran vote and after

The excitement of the Board of Governor's meeting is over and the participants have not been slow to express their views at the outcome. The Iranians are defiant, the Americans triumphant, the Russians cautious, the Europeans smug, the Chinese inscrutable, the Arabs joyous at directing a new argument at Israel, the latter pleased over Iran's predicament yet angry over a dent in their nuclear ambiguity, and the Indians self-righteous.

The Maldives votes for freedom - but Delhi can't rejoice yet
Sep 28, 2018

The Maldives votes for freedom - but Delhi can't rejoice yet

India should be pleased with the Maldives choosing democracy over dictatorship. But it should not imagine that China's powerful influence will pale in Male anytime soon.

The UNGA’s vote on Russian aggression against Ukraine
Mar 07, 2022

The UNGA’s vote on Russian aggression against Ukraine

The inability of the UNSC to take concrete measures against Russia raises questions on the relevance of the United Nations

The United Arab Emirates’ dilemma in the Ukraine war: To vote or not to vote
Mar 08, 2022

The United Arab Emirates’ dilemma in the Ukraine war: To vote or not to vote

How have multiple domestic and foreign policy factors influenced the United Arab Emirates’ recent stance against Russia in the UNGA meeting?

Towards Informed Discourse and Voter Education: A Critique of E-Campaigns
May 24, 2021

Towards Informed Discourse and Voter Education: A Critique of E-Campaigns

Digital spaces are becoming increasingly vital for public deliberation on issues of shared interest, including during electoral campaigns. This brief examines the types of discourse on social media platforms that electoral candidates engage in. It studies the content of the online campaigns and their potential impact on voter education, and recommends countermeasures against the threat of uninformed and unethical online narratives that only

Understanding the centrality of women voters in the 2020 US election
Oct 09, 2020

Understanding the centrality of women voters in the 2020 US election

As Biden draws on the experience of the 2018 midterms to expand his appeal with women, Trump is prioritising mobilisation — and not persuasion, for

Understanding Trump and Biden’s courtship of the white voter
Sep 17, 2020

Understanding Trump and Biden’s courtship of the white voter

While Trump attempts to expand his base from blue-collar whites to suburban white voters, Biden’s courtship of that crucial voting block stands ecli

What about low voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections in the Valley?
Jul 17, 2018

What about low voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections in the Valley?

It goes without saying that Kashmir’s political candidates do not bear primary responsibility for this electoral legitimacy crisis.

Why should I vote?
Jan 18, 2012

Why should I vote?

Has Indian democracy failed its people? Maybe it is time for all of us to introspect and answer this question in a genuine manner.

Will Germany's Bundestag vote for Palestine?
May 01, 2015

Will Germany's Bundestag vote for Palestine?

One way or the other, Germany's Bundestag is about to make history with the upcoming vote on the issue of recognising Palestinian statehood. The Bundestag has a choice to make. It can continue looking backwards in history on this issue and ignore its leading role in securing peace in the Middle East, or it can courageously look forward, maybe even recognising something it owes history.

'AAP experiment' and the staying power
Dec 16, 2013

'AAP experiment' and the staying power

The indecision of the AAP since the announcement of the Delhi poll results has the potential for the national voter to prefer national parties or alliances, rendering regional parties minimal players with maximalist muscle-flexing.

'Democratic deficit and economic hardships': The way forward for Pakistan
Mar 20, 2022

'Democratic deficit and economic hardships': The way forward for Pakistan

With the upcoming No-Confidence vote, Pakistan finds itself further embroiled in political and economic uncertainties.

2019 चुनाव: बिना फ़्री स्पीच के फ़्री वोट?
May 01, 2019

2019 चुनाव: बिना फ़्री स्पीच के फ़्री वोट?

अगर चुनाव सच में लोकतंत्र का महापर्व है तो हमें ये पूछना च

A beeline for the ballots in Kashmir
Jun 20, 2024

A beeline for the ballots in Kashmir

The high voter turnout in Kashmir Valley prompts the question: Does this indicate a return to normalcy, or is a more complex reality unfolding?

A landmark election, and a new President
Apr 15, 2015

A landmark election, and a new President

The Nigerian presidential election on March 28 was nothing short of a historic turning point in the rather fragile democracy. An incumbent Nigerian President was voted out in a general election which was, on the whole, free and fair barring a few technical glitches.

A new 'incline' in India's Sri Lanka policy?
Mar 20, 2012

A new 'incline' in India's Sri Lanka policy?

With the UNHRC vote only days away, it was not a total give-away by India. The Prime Minister's statement in the Parliament implied that the tinkered second draft of the US Resolution too did not meet Indian expectations.

A Strange Country by the Name of Iran
Aug 05, 2005

A Strange Country by the Name of Iran

Iranian civilisation is heresy-prone. Heresy is indicative of a questioning mind. Throughout history, individuals and movements have emerged in Iran to invoke the moral imperative and disrupt the status quo. The most recent events sustain this characteristic of the Iranian personality. Paradoxes abound in the vote in the June presidential election: it was anti-establishment, not anti-regime, anti-clerical but affirmative of the principles of the

A strange duality casts a shadow over elections
May 07, 2019

A strange duality casts a shadow over elections

Despite one-fourth of people living away from where they were born, no arrangements exist for domestic work migrants to vote from where they work. But enthusiasm abounds for facilitating NRIs to do so.

An unlikely match: Women and the far-right
Jan 04, 2021

An unlikely match: Women and the far-right

Why are women gravitating towards right-wing populist ideology?

Analysing Bhutan’s fourth National Assembly elections
Feb 08, 2024

Analysing Bhutan’s fourth National Assembly elections

Unlike elections in many parts of the world, Bhutan experienced a seamless transfer of power during its most recent elections

Assembly Elections 2023: Why unconditional cash transfers to women are here to stay
Nov 17, 2023

Assembly Elections 2023: Why unconditional cash transfers to women are here to stay

Assembly Elections 2023: There is justice in the poll promises that political parties are making to women voters, whose assertion at the polling booth in terms of turnout and independent choices is only too evident to these parties.

AUKUS, strategic autonomy, and the future of the Indo-Pacific: A French perspective
Oct 04, 2021

AUKUS, strategic autonomy, and the future of the Indo-Pacific: A French perspective

France’s vision for the Indo-Pacific is distinctly not pivoted towards being part of the US-China rivalry that is brewing in the region

Behind Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s threat to quit global bodies
May 21, 2020

Behind Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s threat to quit global bodies

President Rajapaksa has now chosen the local audience and delivered the message/threat personally — from the highest levels of the Sri Lankan state.

Beyond #Brexit: What Ails the European Union?
Jul 19, 2016

Beyond #Brexit: What Ails the European Union?

The European Union (EU) had been lurching from one crisis to the next even before a majority of British voters expressed their desire to leave it. While staying away from the Brexit debate itself, its implications for UK and EU, and the politics and motivations in the run-up to the vote, this paper argues that at the very least the referendum is a wake-up call for Europe to begin to address some of its structural and operational shortcomings in a

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed
Apr 20, 2024

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed

The trend of women's mass involvement in electoral politics in India indicates their readiness to narrow the significant gap in political participatio

Bush: Looking Ahead?
Nov 03, 2004

Bush: Looking Ahead?

The final announcement of the results of the US Presidential elections are expected to be announced only after the completion of the counting of the provisional votes in the State of Ohio, which may take some days unless Senator John Kerry decides to concede victory to George Bush without waiting for the completion of the counting.

Can Europe revive its flailing democracy?
Jul 05, 2024

Can Europe revive its flailing democracy?

It is not a question of Left or Right—the problem in Europe runs deeper.

Capitol riots anniversary: No let-up in factionalism in the US
Jan 13, 2022

Capitol riots anniversary: No let-up in factionalism in the US

Today’s US democracy is still plagued by factionalism as the legacy of the Capitol insurrection continues to endure

Cause and Effect: The Factors that Make Pakistan's Military a Political Force
Feb 28, 2024

Cause and Effect: The Factors that Make Pakistan's Military a Political Force

This issue brief assesses the enduring political influence of the military in Pakistan. It delves into the historical, social, and geopolitical factors that have propelled the military's rise in the nation's governance structure. The brief also examines the military-bureaucratic nexus and its role in perpetuating military dominance, and the implications of a weak civil society and its constrained ability to counterbalance military power.

Clinton vs. Trump: An election which can go either way
Nov 07, 2016

Clinton vs. Trump: An election which can go either way

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the world has become wary of the unpredictable and is bracing for a neck and neck outcome of the Clinton-Trump ba

Crisis brewing in Europe
Dec 14, 2016

Crisis brewing in Europe

A quiet crisis is brewing in Europe, triggered by the BREXIT vote with its very cohesion is being threatened in the aftermath of the vote

De-politicising Sri Lanka policy
Feb 16, 2013

De-politicising Sri Lanka policy

There is a need for Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans to acknowledge that the Indian vote in Geneva owed mainly to the un-kept promises from the war years, and less to do with the 'Tamil Nadu factor'.

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 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.

Deepening crisis in US
Jan 06, 2021

Deepening crisis in US

The political health of the US is important not just for the country itself, but the world, given its outsize influence as the foremost economic and military power.

Democracy and equidistant foreign policy in a majoritarian government of Mahinda Rajapaksa
Aug 11, 2020

Democracy and equidistant foreign policy in a majoritarian government of Mahinda Rajapaksa

Making political history, Mahinda Rajapaksa secured more than half a million votes to his premiership in Sri Lanka.

Democratic candidates' surprisingly low focus on foreign policy
Jul 02, 2015

Democratic candidates' surprisingly low focus on foreign policy

Though foreign policy is going to be an important issue in the US Presidential elections next year, the Democrat candidates for the party's nomination have surprisingly devoted little time to this aspect so far. However, as the campaign progresses and the less serious candidates drop out of the race, the issue is likely to gain greater attention.

Disarming a Political Time Bomb
Apr 09, 2019

Disarming a Political Time Bomb

The existing NOTA option is just symbolic because even if the majority of voters in a constituency detest the candidates, one of them will still be elected.

DMK making 'Sri Lanka issue', an Agenda for Assembly Polls?
Aug 09, 2010

DMK making 'Sri Lanka issue', an Agenda for Assembly Polls?

Intentionally or otherwise, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu seems to be conferring on the 'Sri Lankan Tamil issue' the place that the State's voters did not attach during the critical weeks of the parliamentary polls in May 2009.

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.

Election promises, real issues and narratives
Apr 11, 2019

Election promises, real issues and narratives

Better employment opportunities, better health care and schools, availability of safe drinking water are top three voters’ priorities followed by th

Elections in Nepal: नेपाल में चुनाव से मतदाताओं की दूरी लोकतंत्र के लिए ख़तरनाक!
Nov 29, 2022

Elections in Nepal: नेपाल में चुनाव से मतदाताओं की दूरी लोकतंत्र के लिए ख़तरनाक!

नेपाल में लोकतंत्र (democracy) भद्दी राजनीति बनकर रह गया है. शाय�

Enhancing urban youth participation in Indian democracy: Significance and pathways
Jul 04, 2023

Enhancing urban youth participation in Indian democracy: Significance and pathways

India must unleash its youth power to strengthen its core democratic principles by prioritising their enhanced participation in politics and democracy