Election Management Training Institute, Summer 2008

American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) will conduct an Election Management Training Institute for a group of about 25 representatives from the Persian Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Yemen. The training is sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and will take place between June 16 and 26, 2008. Sessions will be held at American University and other locations in Washington, DC.

The participants are members of parliament, election practitioners, and representatives from civil society and the media. The Institute will bring participants together with election experts--scholars and practitioners--to shed light on best practices in election management. It will examine the full range of experiences and challenges in administering elections. The Institute will use hands-on group work sessions to facilitate the sharing and application of comparative ideas and experiences.
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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.
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Summer Institute on Democracy and Elections:
Challenges for the 21st Century

Dates: June 5-15, 2006

American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management offers a 10-day intensive summer institute on elections—how to conduct them, how to ensure they are free and fair, and what to do if they are not. Through its comparative approach, the institute will help participants learn about the best and worst practices, the latest technology, and the most effective and impartial management systems.

You will take part in high-level discussions led by eminent election experts—scholars, election professionals, election observers, and journalists who have worked on elections in the United States and throughout the world. These experts will address the full range of challenges in elections, from the design of election systems to the regulation of campaign finances, evaluation of voting technologies, and overall assessment of the electoral process.







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