Center for Electoral Forensics
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Damascus University

Assad Wins

The Arab Spring continues to wreak havoc on Syria. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, there have been more than 100,000 deaths. And yet, even in the midst of the war, Syria holds to its democratic processes. Syria held parliamentary elections in 2012, and is currently…

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Bangkok, Thailand

A Thai Coup

The recent violent protests have finally drawn a reaction from the Thai military. Using a 1914 law, the Thai military imposed martial law in an attempt to “preserve order and bring back peacefulness.” Immediate feedback suggests that this will not deter the anti-government protesters. If not this, then what?

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The Friday Mosque in Herat, Afghanistan

Abdullah Abdullah is Set to Win

That the 2009 Presidential election in Afghanistan was controversial is an understatement. It pitted President Hamid Karzai against Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. According to official results, Karzai received 49.67% of the vote to Abdullah’s 30.59%. The scheduled run-off election never happened because Abdullah withdrew his candidacy. Karzai won. Five years…

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Thai Political Protests

Since the 2006 coup d'état, when the military overthrew Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and replaced him with the Council for National Security (a military junta), Thailand has passed from one series of protests to another. These “colorful” protests feature two factions: the Red Shirts and the Yellow Shirts. The former…

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