Asia / Blog

Turkey’s Future: a discussion on the recent parliamentary election

What does the future hold for Turkey? (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Turkey safeguarded its democracy – this was the first and foremost remark after the results of the election were announced. However, when it comes to politics, change is always a tumultuous process – the lost majority of the main political party presupposes coalition building, which …

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Africa / Blog

Citizens Participation for Good Governance in Africa

Ballot Papers – Source: Original picture from Nejeed Bello

For African governance, the most significant barriers blocking better governance remains corruption and poor service delivery. As indicated by the 2004 World Development Report, the relationship between citizen empowerment to actively participate in holding their government accountable and demanding for better has vital implication for better …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Syria’s #bloodelection: Assad is not fooling anyone

Syria is country now festooned in even more portraits of Assad, as the ‘leader’ begins his journey towards re-election. Photo source: James Gordon via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s official. The presidential election campaign has begun. Syria may be a country whose people are under siege, whose cities are increasingly resembling ghost-towns, and whose future seems …

Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Rafsanjani for Supreme Leader?

2013 marks the year that Iranians will take to the polls and elect a new president, and it is uncertain who will win. However one thing is certain – Ahmadienjad is out. The Iranian constitution stipulates that a president can only serve two-terms in a row. The president is responsible for handling the …