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Middle East: Democratization and Elections

Election Officials

CDEM Organizes Study Tour of Indonesian Presidential Election for Gulf States' Election Officials

In July 2009, CDEM organized participants from Yemen, Qatar and Bahrain to observed the election in Indonesia, as a part of the Gulf States Electoral Initiative Project funded by the State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative. All participants received training in observation procedures, election procedures, and a general orientation. The participants met with the representatives of KIPP, the largest domestic observation network, the International Foundation for Election Systems and the Indonesian Electoral Commission.

Agenda - English (.pdf) | Agenda - Arabic (.pdf) | Final Report (.pdf)


CDEM Institute Participants Play Key Role in Kuwait Elections

Following the successful elections for Kuwaiti Parliament held on May 16, 2009, the CDEM is happy to announce that three of its election management institute participants played a key role.

Dr. Salwa al-Jassar, a participant in CDEM's winter 2007 election institute, was one of the four women to win a seat in the parliament--the first time Kuwaitis have elected women as parliament members. Mr. Dhari Aljutaili, a participant in the 2008 summer election institute, headed the public relations team for Aseel al-Awadhi, another woman candidate elected. In addition, Mr. Abdulrahman Alanjiri, a participant in the summer 2008 election institute, took fifth place in the elections and won a seat in parliament as well.

Election conference

CDEM Hosts Regional Conference for Gulf Election Officials in Kuwait

In response to a need identified by election officials and election partners in the Gulf region, American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) convened a conference in Kuwait on February 15 and 16, 2009, to explore establishment of a regional association of Gulf election officials. Funded by the U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative, the conference provided an opportunity for wide-ranging discussions on regional electoral cooperation that could serve as a platform for improved professional development, networking, data sharing and promotion of electoral best practices and procedures.

Press Release (.pdf)

Election Management Training Institute, Summer 2008

CDEM conducted an Election Management Training Institute for 25 representatives from the Persian Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Yemen; the participants were members of parliament, election practitioners, and representatives from civil society and the media. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the training brought together election experts--scholars and practitioners--to shed light on best practices in election management. It examined the full range of experiences and challenges in administering elections and used hands-on group work sessions to facilitate the sharing and application of comparative ideas and experiences.

Agenda (.pdf) | Speaker bios (.pdf)

Election Management Institute, Winter 2007

In the Winter of 2007, CDEM organized a week-long institute on democracy and elections for twenty election practitioners from Yemen, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain with a grant from the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). This MEPI grant is part of a long term effort by CDEM to work in electoral reform in the U.S. and abroad. The Institute drew upon experiences in U.S. election reform (notably through the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform) and the many experiences we have had internationally in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Our Institute on Election Management in the Summer of 2006 served as a model, but we prepared for the 2007 Institute with an extended visit to four countries in the Persian Gulf in July 2006.

Final Report (.pdf)

Middle East Conference

Transitions to Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa

CDEM collaborated with the Council for a Community of Democracies on a project on democratic transitions. The conference held on March 9th, 2007, served the purpose of preparing the agenda for a major three-day conference which will be held in Budapest in November 2007. The framework of the subsequent conference will ask the questions, "What are the barriers to Democracy in the Middle East?" and what can be learned from transitions in Europe and Africa.

Agenda (.pdf)

Middle East

CDEM Election Management Summer Institute

In the Summer of 2006, CDEM organized an institute on democracy and elections for thirty two officials from thirteen countries and of which ten came from the Middle East. Through its comparative approach, the institute helped participants learn about the best and worst practices, the latest technology, and the most effective and impartial management systems.

Final Report (.pdf) | Report on Nigeria (.pdf) | Participant Presentations (.pdf) | Speaker Bios (.pdf)



Conference: 2003 Palestinian and Israeli Dialogue in Jerusalem

In the Fall of 2003 and January 2003, CDEM organized a conference among Palestinians and Israelis in Washington, Jerusalem, and Ramallah to seek points of consensus among distinguished Palestinian and Israeli leaders on the conditions that could permit genuine elections in the West Bank and Gaza. A group of 18 Palestinians, 16 Israelis, and 8 international advisors committed themselves to participate in a Conference on January 7-9, 2003.

Meeting Summary (.pdf)