Though we have seen the margin narrow during the final days of Sunday’s special presidential election in Venezuela, most reports conclude that the likely victor will be Nicolás Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
This election year, voters should begin to hold local, state, and national leaders accountable for their own track records in empowering women and children.
Almost two years of speculation about pending elections in Malaysia ended on April 3 when Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved the parliament, paving the way for what promises to be the tightest elections since the country achieved independence in 1957. Malaysia’s Election Commission is expected to set a date in late April for the balloting.
The 2012 results revealed greater changes in American political dynamics than many of us had appreciated. While many now know that Republicans are in trouble, we also now know that voters who describe themselves as moderates are just as important, if not more so, than those who call themselves independents.
Historians will continue to debate the causes and impact of the 2003 Iraq war, but it is clear today that Iraq has witnessed a decade of lost opportunities. Even worse, Iraq could soon become a failed state unless there are structural changes to the way the country is ruled.
Libya proved to be a textbook illustration justifying the responsibility to protect (R2P) principles, but its implementation also demonstrated the need for legitimacy criteria. Engaging the emerging powers on these criteria is in the mutual interest of these powers and those who support R2P.
The time has come to articulate a more coherent, overarching, and positive agenda for the new Middle East, focusing on encouraging political reform and broad-based engagement with emerging actors while "right-sizing" America’s military presence in the region.
China’s National People’s Congress: A Satisfying End and an Uncertain Beginning
Almost annually since 1990, the release of the Human Development Report (HDR) by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has drawn the world’s attention to the trends, progress, and priorities of development “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The recently released 2013 HDR includes among its opening lines a nod to new and emerging voices that ar