Council on Foreign Relations

Election Monitoring: Power, Limits, and Risks

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Judith Kelley examines the achievements, shortcomings, and drawbacks of international election monitoring, arguing that it merits both enthusiasm and healthy skepticism.


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Tuesday, 07-28-15Remarks by President Obama to the People of Africa<p>President Barack Obama spoke at the African Union headquarters in&nbsp;Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. He discussed the ten year renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and additional reforms and other assistance the United States and African leaders work on to increase trade, investment, and growth on the continent. He also addressed the need for presidents to respect term limits and transfer power peacefully and for nations to provide equal treatment for women and girls.</p>
Friday, 07-24-15International Courts and the New Paternalism<p>African leaders are the targets because ambitious jurists consider them to be &lsquo;low-hanging fruit.</p>
Tuesday, 06-23-15Ex-Im Bank Key to Economic DiplomacyThe Ex-Im Bank is a necessary tool to involve American companies in emerging market growth and deepen economic ties.
Monday, 06-22-15The Plunder of AfricaDiscussions about the fate of Africa have long had a cyclical quality. That is especially the case when it comes to the question of how to explain the region’s persistent underdevelopment. At times, the dominant view has stressed the importance of centuries of exploitation by outsiders, from the distant past all the way to the present. 
Saturday, 06-20-15Africa's Moment to Lead on ClimateClimate change is the greatest threat facing humanity today. To avoid catastrophe, we must dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of our modern energy systems, which have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries.
Sunday, 05-31-15Nigeria's New President: Three Things to KnowThe inauguration of opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari after credible elections should advance democracy for all of Africa, says CFR's John Campbell in this video explainer.
Monday, 05-18-15Increase U.S. Presence in African Peace Operations, Argues Author of New CFR ReportWith nearly 110,000 uniformed deployed “blue helmets” worldwide, the number of UN peacekeepers at a record high and most are in Africa. Paul D. Williams argues that increased U.S. involvement and leadership is necessary to combat the "untenable" situation facing UN peace operations in Africa. 
Friday, 05-15-15Four Questions-And Answers-About U.S. Support of Peacekeeping in AfricaThe United States provides the greatest financial support to peace operations in Africa. Drawing on a new Council Special Report, Paul D. Williams discusses the United States’ efforts to “shape the strategic direction and design of peace operations on the continent.”
Thursday, 05-14-15Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in AfricaIn a new Council Special Report, Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa, Paul D. Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Wednesday, 05-06-15How Castro's Doctors Could Stop the Next Ebola OutbreakWest Africa’s medical system was brought within an inch of its life by a devastating epidemic. But Cuba could nurse it back to health.

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