Campaigns and Elections

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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South Korea Sets Precedent for other Nations Voting During COVID-19

All countries facing elections in the year 2020 are struggling to maintain election normalcy amidst such vast uncertainties caused by COVID-19. Many countries, such as the United States or Burkina Faso will not have to make difficult decisions regarding elections until closer to November, ideally at the tail end of this global pandemic. However, not …

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Can Guyana Escape the Oil Curse? First Election since Major Discovery Suggests No.

Guyana held their first election since the discovery of massive oil reserves on March 2, 2020. With a population of 780,000, the small South American country has had to adjust to their new-found wealth and boost to the economy. (“Guyana’s Dodgy Poll”). Before the election, both major parties, the Partnership for National Unity and the People’s Progressive Party, …

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South Korea Holding Parliamentary Elections in the Midst of a Pandemic

            The coronavirus pandemic has altered societies around the world, including disruptions to elections. However, South Korea is pressing ahead with its parliamentary elections, and so far, it seems as though they will be successful. They are scheduled to occur on April 15, 2020, with all 300 members of the National Assembly being elected (Kim …

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Iraq Names Third Prime Minister in 10 Weeks

Late last week, Iraqi President Barham Salih named former intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi as the country’s Prime Minister Designate (Reuters: 2020). He is the third man to hold this designation and it is yet to be seen if he can do what his predecessors could not, build enough support in Parliament to officially assume the …

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