Pivotal Midterm Poll in the Philippines
May 09, 2013
The Philippines is holding midterm local and national elections on May 13. In this podcast, IFES Chief of Party in the Philippines Beverly Hagerdon Thakur talks about PCOS, what to expect on Election Day and what these polls mean for the 2016 presidential elections in the Philippines.
The Role of Media in Elections: A Cornerstone of Democracy
May 06, 2013
As World Press Freedom Day was celebrated around the world, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted in a panel on the role of media in elections. Among the topics that were addressed are: international assistance in the training of local journalists on election coverage; the importance of media centers during elections; how a free press strengthens civil society; and the role of social media in disseminating information or serving as a listening tool.
Mitigating the Risks of Election Violence
April 17, 2013
Election violence can compromise the credibility of the electoral process, taking place as a reaction to a poll or as a continuation of preexisting grievances. To safeguard the integrity of elections, it is imperative to reduce the impact of such violence. This podcast features Rakesh Sharma, IFES’ Director for the Applied Research Center. In this interview, Sharma focuses on the risks of election violence and the technologies available to mitigate them. He also discusses new trends in election violence and how they affect women differently than men.
Two Years into the Arab Spring: Islam, Elections and Democratic Transformation
April 05, 2013
In the wake of the Arab Spring, the international community watched as popular Islamic political parties began to take shape. The history and diversity of Islamic political parties and the role Islam could play in the democratic transformation of the Arab World was often left out of the commentary. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES) hosted a discussion on the rise and trajectory of Islamist political parties after the Arab Spring. Panelists discuss the influence of Islamists on the development of the constitution and legal framework, and the role of Islam in the political evolution of the MENA region.
After Chávez: Public Opinion on Chavismo and Venezuela’s Future
March 19, 2013
After ruling Venezuela for 14 years, President Hugo Chávez’s death is leading many to wonder what comes next for the country. Will Chavismo prevail or is the population ready to move away from leftist, anti-American rule? How is the political opposition viewed by the public? And is the country ready to hold elections in 30 days as dictated by law? And is the country ready to hold elections in 30 days as dictated by law? Listen to a conversation on these issues and more. The experts will examine data from a January survey conducted in Venezuela.
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