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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Thursday, 09-24-15A Conversation With Peter MutharikaPeter Mutharika discusses Malawi's politics, policies, and the most pressing issues currently facing the nation and the region.
Thursday, 09-24-15Malawi in a Shifting African LandscapePeter Mutharika discusses Malawi's politics, policies, and the most pressing issues currently facing the nation and the region.
Friday, 09-18-15Tackling the Illicit African Wildlife TradeTrafficking and poaching wildlife are a growing scourge for Africa, posing a threat to governance and even security for some nations, write CFR’s John Campbell and Allen Grane.
Tuesday, 09-15-15Obama and AfricaWhen Barack Obama was elected U.S. president in 2008, the news was greeted with enormous hope in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as among the small coterie of Americans who follow the region closely. This son of a Kenyan father would not only understand the continent better than his predecessors in the White House, the thinking went, but he would also treat it as a strategic priority and direct more resources its way. 
Wednesday, 09-09-15Peace Operations in AfricaPaul D. Williams discusses peace operations in Africa, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
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.

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