Liberia’s Successful Election and Uncertain Development Future


by Larry Garber The December 26 run-off elections in Liberia surprised many international observers. After a problematic first round and a lengthy post-election dispute process, the election was extremely well administered and peacefully conducted. Despite the challenges posed by poor… Continue Reading  

The Kenya Elections and the Future of Election Observation     


by Larry Garber  In the early 1980s, international observers were frequently belittled as not credible evaluators of electoral processes. Critics of US foreign policy viewed them as props whose role was to legitimize otherwise problematic elections. Conflicting reports issued by… Continue Reading  

Regulating Hostile Intervention in Elections


by Larry Garber The intelligence community has conclusively established that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, but little has yet been done legislatively to prevent similar active measures in future elections. The lack of action reflects an understandable desire… Continue Reading  

Women and the Iranian Elections


by Sussan Tahmasebi A group of women’s rights activists issued a statement on May 6 outlining their demands for the next president of Iran. The statement, which calls for improved economic opportunities for women, reform of discriminatory laws, access to… Continue Reading  

The Virtues of Voting in Iran


by Shervin Malekzadeh Nearly 40 million Iranians will vote for president on May 19. Yet, many outside observers will interpret this participation as a mobilization of bad faith, an “as if” politics in which the authorities pretend to provide competitive… Continue Reading