Elections in Azerbaijan: A Win for Democracy’s Favorite Dictator

By: Jack Urban On April 11, 2018, Ilham Aliyev was re-elected to a fourth term as President of Azerbaijan. Despite Azerbaijan’s close ties to the West, their standing as the first Muslim majority secular country in the world, or their massive oil reserves, this event went largely unnoticed by the world. Moreover, in order to…

Religious Conservatism on the Rise in Indonesian and Malaysian Elections

By: Cherui Chew It will soon be election season in various countries across Southeast Asia, but observers are hardly optimistic about the political development in the region due to the rise of populism and socially conservative trends. Two of the growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are both secular countries with a majority…

The Rohingya Crisis is Myanmar’s Governance Crisis

By: Cherui Chew The persecution of the Rohingya Sunni Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar is in the international spotlight recently. U.N. officials have not officially labeled the Rohingya crisis as a genocide despite the evidence of atrocities, such as rape and murder, perpetrated by Myanmar’s armed forces against the Rohingya. The systematic persecution led to an…