Election Spotlight: Mongolia (June 24)

Mongolia, sandwiched between two authoritarian neighbors, has been hailed as an “oasis of democracy.” After reforming from a Soviet-style regime in 1990, however, the country now faces a crossroads over the challenges of balancing efficient leadership with democratic values. At stake in its parliamentary election on June 24 is whether reform is needed to break political deadlock in the capital Ulaanbaatar.

Kim Jong-Un Has Health Problems. What Could That Mean for Succession?

Picture: Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (left), with his sister Kim Yo-Jong Over the last few weeks, intelligence reports suggested that Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, had been absent from official duties. Notably, Kim was missing from public celebrations of his late grandfather Kim Il-sung’s birthday, a major national holiday, and raising speculation about … Continue reading Kim Jong-Un Has Health Problems. What Could That Mean for Succession?

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit With the votes cast in the third election in the United Kingdom in five years, voters have given the Conservative Party an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. Since this election largely became a proxy battle for the future of Brexit, … Continue reading UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit

Election Spotlight: United Kingdom (December 12)

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit - Dec. 29th, 2019 With the votes cast in the third election in the United Kingdom in five years, voters have given the Conservative Party an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. Since this election largely became a proxy battle for … Continue reading Election Spotlight: United Kingdom (December 12)

Election Spotlight: Belgium May 26th, 2019

The countries of the European Union (including the United Kingdom) will cast their votes tomorrow to elect the members of the European Parliament, the main legislative wing of the EU. For one of its members, Belgium, tomorrow marks an electoral “triple threat”; Belgians across the country will be voting for EU, federal, and local offices. … Continue reading Election Spotlight: Belgium May 26th, 2019

Ireland’s Citizens Have Been Making Their Constitution Less Catholic

On May 24, 2019, voters in the Republic of Ireland voted 82.07% in favor of amending the Constitution to reduce the period of separation required before divorce proceedings can be initiated. For a country which is 78.3% Roman Catholic, such a high margin favoring a more liberal divorce procedure seems surprising. Yet four of the … Continue reading Ireland’s Citizens Have Been Making Their Constitution Less Catholic