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Thailand votes for an uncertain future

Charles RichardsonAug 9, 2016

Thailand has a new constitution, but there was something less than a resounding vote of confidence in military rule.

Election preview: Philippines

Charles RichardsonMay 6, 2016

The Philippines elect a new president on Monday, with the front-runner making many people uncomfortable.

What to watch for in 2016

Charles RichardsonJan 8, 2016

Twenty elections to watch out for around the world in 2016.

Unsurprising results

Charles RichardsonNov 10, 2015

A big win for the opposition in Myanmar/Burma, and a hung parliament in Croatia. No surprises, although some seem surprised anyway.

Election preview: Myanmar

Charles RichardsonNov 7, 20151 Comment

Myanmar/Burma votes for a new parliament, but a democratic future is by no means guaranteed.

Two Cold Warriors leave the scene

Charles RichardsonMar 23, 2015

Gone in the same week, Malcolm Fraser and Lee Kuan Yew. Compare and contrast.

Joko's victory to be made official

Charles RichardsonJul 22, 2014

Joko Widodo will be the new president of Indonesia, but his rival – with the media's help – has succeeded in sowing doubts about his victory.

Election preview: Indonesia (the big one)

Charles RichardsonJul 9, 2014

Indonesia's presidential election is being billed as a vote for or against democracy. Reformist candidate Joko Widodo seems to have a narrow edge.

A coup – or not – in Bangkok

Charles RichardsonMay 20, 20141 Comment

Martial law is declared in Bangkok, but the government remains in place for now. The generals seem set on trying to impose some sort of compromise.

Nationalism trumps ideology, again

Charles RichardsonMay 15, 2014

Communist neighbors China and Vietnam are at loggerheads over a long-standing territorial dispute that for practical purposes was settled 40 years ago.

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