India Election Monitor: Phase 1

Last week, Indian voters started casting their votes in the 17th general election to elect a new Parliament (Lok Sabha). In the coming five weeks, nearly 900 million voters will vote to fill 543 assembly seats (Economic Times, 13 May 2019). The 2019 Indian general elections are scheduled to be held in seven phases from…

Regional Overview – Europe 17 April 2019

Last week, anti-government protests in Europe increased, in particular in Serbia where tensions between the ruling party and anti-government protesters have heightened. A limited number of demonstrations were also held surrounding the Ukrainian presidential elections. Anti-government demonstrations in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, and Eastern Europe increased last week, after several prior weeks of decline. In…

Regional Overview – Asia 16 April 2019

Key trends in Asia last week included the official launch of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive in Afghanistan, election violence in India and Indonesia, as well as ongoing militant violence in several South and Southeast Asian countries. In Afghanistan, the Taliban announced the official commencement of their annual spring offensive – dubbed Operation Al-Fath –…

Securing Democracy: Electoral Violence in India

This week, Indian voters started casting their votes in the 17th general election to elect a new Parliament (Lok Sabha). Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had won a majority of the seats in the 2014 general elections, seeks a second term and has forged alliances with numerous regional parties. In a…