Month: April 2020

Federal Response to COVID-19 Rewarded at the Polls in 2020 South Korean Parliamentary Election

            South Korea is one of the first nations to hold its elections following the outbreak of the Corona Virus.  Logistically, the government had to maneuver around obstacles caused by the virus to ensure that all 44 million eligible voters would be able to carry out their civic duties (Kim, 2020).  Separate polling areas were …

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Ceasefire due to a Pandemic: What does this mean for the Yemen Civil War?

The world has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which made its first appearance in Wuhan, China, before spreading to other parts of the world. This has led to the majority of the world’s nations imposing some form of lockdown to combat this virus. It has led to postponements of the Olympics in Tokyo, the …

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Democracy Amidst the Backdrop of a Global Pandemic: South Korea Takes the Lead as the First Country to Hold National Elections During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It is no question that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is the biggest news story in circulation as it has altered the living habits of practically everyone around the world in one way or another. With many countries essentially shutting down in attempt to slow the spread of this virus which there is currently no vaccine …

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Saudi Arabia’s Exit from the Yemeni Conflict due to COVID-19 Pressures

The novel coronavirus may have just accomplished something that millions of dollars-worth of weaponry, hundreds of thousands of dead, and five torturous years failed to do. Citing humanitarian concerns, Saudi Arabia and Yemeni rebels have recently agreed to a two-week cease-fire brokered by the U.N. that is thought to herald a Saudi withdrawal from the …

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“South Korea Holds World’s First National Coronavirus Election”

The current coronavirus pandemic has continued to delay political contests whether it be primaries in the United States or national general elections such as in the United Kingdom and France (Hollingsworth and Seo, 2020). South Korea, a country with over 10,500 confirmed cases, has decided to hold their regularly scheduled election while ensuring compliance with social …

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Coronavirus and the South Korea National Assembly Election

In addition to its significant economic and public health burden, the novel coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on political and electoral processes around the world. In particular, the pandemic has posed many challenges to elections planned for the spring and summer, and has led to major changes in how elections will be run. …

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The Rise of Authoritarianism in Hungary

Throughout the last few years, Hungary has been becoming a more nationalist, authoritarian country. The country is dominated by a single party, Fidesz, and has been in a downward spiral, with the organization Freedom House giving them diminishing scores for the past 14 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prime minister Viktor Orbán has dissolved the …

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More British Armed Forces Arrive in Cyprus

On April 11th, President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus decided to provide medicines and protective gear to the Turkish Cypriot community at the request of their leader, Mustafa Akinci (Xinhua). This emergency aid provided by the Republic of Cyprus will help the estranged Turkish Cypriot community to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement …

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