Political Parties & Representation


The people of Myanmar have collectively placed their faith in the NLD. The party will have to go on - even beyond Aung San Suu Kyi’s lifetime. A commentary.

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The AKP has gained the absolute majority in Turkey’s recent snap elections, allowing it to continue to rule without a coalition partner. Deep rifts within Turkish society, however, remain. A take on the elections by Kristian Brakel, office director in Istanbul.

On 8 November 2015, a new Parliament will be elected after decades of military rule in Myanmar. The elections will decide how the reform process of the past five years will be continued. This dossier will accompany the next months until a new government is formed by offering policy and economic analysis.



On October 19th, Canada will hold its federal elections-what is at stake in these elections, and where is Canada headed? In this dossier, we shed light on some of the main policy debates and developments.

Vladimir Putin with PM Viktor Orbán on a visit to Hungary in February 2015

Putin’s visit to Budapest in February 2015 was his first bilateral meeting in an EU and NATO member country since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. By inviting him Budapest has broken Europe’s tacit agreement on a united Russia policy, and is arguing for a normalisation of relations with Russia.

India finds itself in a difficult transformation process. This dossier strives to make the country in its diversity more tangible. And to correspond with the upcoming parliamentary elections, it also makes room for a variety of socio-political and economic policy analyses and debate, and aims to define India’s foreign policy role.


The fight against corruption in the Middle East and North Africa has gone through several ups and downs. Four years after the “Arab Spring”, when demands to eradicate corruption took center stage, we thought it is time to shed some light on the evolution of this issue in the MENA region.

Although the country is unlikely to face any revolution in the immediate future, with 68% of its total population under the age of 25, Afghanistan is currently witnessing a serious growth in its youth population, and it has resulted in socio-cultural and political consequences that have been previously unheard of in Afghan political culture and conventions.

The first issue of Perspectives Southeastern Europe is about young adults in the Balkans. It is about young people with a specific kind of transition to adulthood who want to overcome the tradition of patriarchy and discrimination and who are striving for a more democratic culture.

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Aung San Suu Kyi in car

On November 8, Myanmar votes for a new parliament. What do the parties stand for and what can they change? An interview with Sui Khar, Joint Secretary-General of the Chin National Front.

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Myanmar prepares for the second nation-wide poll in 25 years. The elections in November 2015 promise to be a watershed for the country’s democratisation.

Lady with flag

Myanmar and its power elites do not have experience with electoral politics. That makes Myanmar’s elections exciting, and at the same time risky.

 Myanmar's Lower House

What is at stake? Will the elections be free? Who is competing and how does the electoral process work? Our FAQ on the most democratic elections since 1960 in Myanmar.

Political Parties

How successful are government policies within Germany and Europe? What political changes are emerging in the age of the internet? Will political parties be able to adapt to new challenges? And how can we achieve a democratic Europe?

A shrinking membership base along with a loss of confidence have hit the major political parties harder than their smaller competitors. Today, political parties have to undergo programmatic and structural reforms and offer new forms of participation in order to attract extra-parliamentary political actors. Otherwise they will no longer be able to mediate between society and its institutions. Furthermore, politics is increasingly defined by the European Union. Our projects aim to probe institutions, governments, and political parties regarding their potentials for conflict as well as their perspectives for democratic development.


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Dr. John R. McNeill, University Professor, Georgetown University,Washington D.C.