July 8, 2014 — On July 2, The Asia Foundation development experts joined the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) for an event titled, “Elections in post-conflict states: the best way to legitimacy?”
Asia Foundation Country Representative for Nepal George Varughese and Country Representative in Cambodia Silas Everett spoke on a panel with thought leaders David Harris of the University of Bradford, Claire Smith of the University of New York, Lisa Denney, and panel chair Alina Rocha Menocal of ODI.
The discussion included experiences from a variety of post-conflict countries, including Cambodia, East Timor, Nepal, and Liberia among others. Speakers touched on the challenges and opportunities in the electoral processes in post-conflict settings, how elections can help foster the legitimacy of the emerging political orders, and the lessons that can be learned from the young democracies emerging from such processes.
The Asia Foundation has a long history of supporting programs that encourage free and fair elections throughout Asia as a means for advancing broader democratic goals, for building capacity of key electoral institutions to carry out free and fair elections, and for building commitment to development enhancing reforms.