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International Crisis Group: Zimbabwe's Elections: Mugabe's Last Stand

"A return to protracted political crisis, and possibly extensive violence, is likely, as Zimbabwe holds inadequately prepared presidential, parliamentary and local elections on 31 July. Conditions for a free and fair vote do not exist. Confidence in the process and institutions is low. The voters roll is a shambles, security forces unreformed and the media grossly imbalanced. The electoral commission is under-funded and lacked time to prepare. Concerns about rigging are pervasive, strongly disputed results highly likely."

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Op-Ed

The Democracy-Elections Trap in Egypt

Author: Leslie H. Gelb
Daily Beast

The Obama team wants a quick return to democracy in Egypt, but if that means hasty elections again, the result won't be a real democracy, writes Leslie H. Gelb.

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Foreign Affairs Article

In Defense of Citizens United

Authors: Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane

Hardly the blow to democracy that many painted it as, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United will make American politics more competitive, less beholden to party bosses, and more responsive to the public at large. It may even help break the fiscal stalemate strangling the U.S. economy.

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Interview

How to Read Iran's Elections

Ray Takeyh interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

A conservative candidate seems likely to win Iran's presidential election this week, but the reform movement may yet be energized by the remaining moderate contender, says CFR's Ray Takeyh.

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Interview

Shifting Alliances in Iran

Farideh Farhi interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

After the disqualification of popular former president Rafsanjani, it's unclear which of the remaining, mostly conservative candidates will triumph in the June presidential election, says expert Farideh Farhi.

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