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Q&As: Democracy

August 2015

How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections


Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.

January 2015

The Road Back to Democracy in Thailand


The Thai military government’s consolidation of power and crackdown on political expression are preempting a crucial national dialogue on the country’s approach to democracy. The military government is gambling on the Thai people’s willingness to surrender their basic rights for an undefined political future.

November 2013

India’s Upcoming Elections: Will the States and the Economy Decide?

Policy Q&A

This spring, nearly 790 million Indians will participate in the world’s largest democratic exercise. Milan Vaishnav (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) offers insights on the issues driving voters and the potential impact of several state elections that will precede the 2014 general election.

May 2012

Mongolia: Growth, Democracy, and Two Wary Neighbors

Policy Q&A

Alan Wachman, an Associate Professor of International Politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, provides insight into Mongolia’s achievements, its relationship with Beijing, Moscow, and the United States, and into how the U.S. views Mongolia’s role in the international system.

July 2011

Thailand's July Election: Understanding the Outcome

Policy Q&A

What are the implications of the Pheu Thai party victory for Thai domestic political stability, Bangkok’s relations with its neighbors, and the United States-Thailand alliance? Catharin Dalpino, the principal investigator for NBR’s “U.S.-Thailand Alliance: Reinvigorating the Partnership” project, offers insights on the election outcome in this interview with NBR.

June 2011

One Year After Ethnic Riots in Kyrgyzstan: What Has Changed?

Policy Q&A

Central Asia scholar Eric McGlinchey, a National Asia Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at George Mason University describes current conditions in Kyrgyzstan as encouraging. Although some troubling factors still remain, the outlook for Kyrgyzstan has greatly improved since the 2010 riots. This Q&A builds on Dr. McGlinchey’s article in Asia Policy 12, “Exploring Regime Instability and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan.”


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