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2016/11/02 | Sarah Laskow
Voting Booths Were a Radical 19th Century Reform to Stop Election Fraud
An idea imported from Australia helped enable the 'secret' part of secret ballots.
2016/11/09 | Sam Chang
Did the Wrong Person Win? Trump, Clinton and Fixing Democracy with Negative Voting
In the selection of UN Secretary General, voting against the nominated candidates is accepted option. Why should not ordinary citizens have the same option when selecting our leaders?
2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton
The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta
The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.
2016/11/07 | T J Pempel
What Can Asia Expect Under Hillary’s Presidency?
Short of a zombie invasion or some equivalent deus ex machina, Hillary Clinton's presidency is all but guaranteed.
2016/09/29 | The Japan Times
OPINION: U.S. Presidential Debate Unnerving for Asia
For non-American viewers, the first U.S. presidential debate provided ample cause for alarm.
2017/02/16 | Liam Gammon
Jokowi’s Stake in Jakarta’s Gubnatorial Race
After the results of the polls yesterday, Ahok and Anies will compete in a runoff election in April. An Ahok victory was and is Jokowi’s ideal scenario
2017/02/18 | Oiwan Lam
Hong Kong's Pan-Democrats Grapple with Endorsing the ‘Lesser Evil’ for Chief Executive
John Tsang, who is supported by the local business sector and professional groups, is generally viewed as a “lesser evil” candidate.
2016/12/18 | Wu Po-Yu
'Marginalized Heterosexual, White Cis-male' is Not Always an Oxymoron
If true equality is what we are searching for, we should not argue who had it worse but instead seek out a way to elevate everyone, argues Wu Po-Yu.
2016/11/10 | Crispin Rovere
Why Trump Won
'Trump’s victory is not to be feared. The status quo was simply unsustainable.'
2016/07/15 | Edward White
Hong Kong’s Pro-Independence Politicians Mull 'One China' Pledge
Pro-independence activists planning to stand in the upcoming elections are mulling a controversial new requirement for candidates to sign a declaration that Hong Kong is part of China. Some pro-democracy legislators say they will not sign.
2017/05/09 | Suzanne Pepper
Beijing‘s Dilemma: What to Do About Hong Kong
The three most feared of all future prospects: Hong Kong’s evolving relationship with the mainland; Beijing’s conflation of national and political security; and Beijing’s habit of issuing interpretations that Hong Kong courts now accept they are bound to obey.
2016/06/28 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong’s High Stakes Election: New Candidates, Old Temptations
Facing a well-organized pro-Beijing adversary who never runs for any reason other than to win, Hong Kong’s new political candidates look set to make the same mistakes as their predecessors from the pro-democracy movement.
2017/03/30 | Suzanne Pepper
Done Deal: How Hong Kong's New Leader Reached the Top
Real elections, the kind those fractious oppositionist elements are demanding, create nothing but trouble: social strife, polarization and worst of all uncertainty.
2017/10/20 | Justin Reeves
This Weekend's Snap Election in Japan Explained
Reeling from scandals and local election defeat, 2017 had not been kind to Japanese Prime Minister and Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, but North Korean ballistic missile tests that flew over Japan rallied support for the incumbent leader and opened the door for a snap election on Oct. 22.
2016/10/10 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Putin, Trump and the Troubling Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election
Donald Trump is playing with dynamite when he claims that the November election will be 'rigged' and that he might not accept the results when polls close.