CDEM Conferences

Are America's Elections Fair and Competent?

June 13, 2007 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, National Press Club
Are America's elections as fair and professionally-conducted as Mexico's? Such a question would have been laughable fifteen years ago. Today, the question is not a joke, and the answer also isn't funny: "no." American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) hosted "Change the Way America Runs Its Elections," a conference which examined our current problems and offered new proposals.
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Picture: Three conference panelists at CCD conference.Transitions to Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons from Other Regions

March 9th, 2007 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at AU
The conference served the purpose of preparing the agenda for a major three day conference in September 2007. The intent was to set the framework, asking such questions as, "What are the barriers to Democracy in the Middle East?" and what can be learned from transitions in Europe and Africa. A final report will be available soon. The September conference will address and go into greater depth on the topics covered at American University.
View: agenda | American Weekly story

AU on the Campaign Trail: 3 Perspectives on the Midterm Elections

September 20, 2006 7:30 PM at AU
AU professors and political candidates Allan Lichtman and Jamie Raskin reflected on their experiences campaigning for office; Professor James Thurber spoke about the national mid-term elections — the issues, the candidates, the significance; and Professor Robert Pastor spoke about the problems in conducting the elections and the role that students can play as poll-workers to make the elections free and fair.
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Help American Vote Act (HAVA) Conference

March 29, 2006 at AU
Held on March 29, 2006, the HAVA conference at AU was a venue for scholars and practitioners of election administration to assess the reform and implementation efforts being carried out across the states to comply with the requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) as well as to discuss some of the issues that still challenge the conduct of election in the US.
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Conference in Nigeria: "Electoral Reform: Building Confidence for Our Future"

March 17-19, 2005
The Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre and the AU's Center for Democracy and Election Management, convened the Conference on Electoral Reform: Building Confidence for Our Future in Abuja. The conference included keynote remarks by President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar, along with participation by the Speaker of the House, Senators, Hon. Representatives, and state Governors.
View: website | summary report | final report

The North American Perspective: Democratic Deficits at Home and Abroad

January 26, 2005
This conference was co-sponsored by the Center for North American Studies, Center for Democracy and Election Management, and the Council for a Community of Democracies to evaluate challenges to democracy in the three North American nations.
American Weekly story 

Democracy and Elections in North America: What Can We Learn From Our Neighbors?

November 14-15, 2003
The conference was convened to analyze the state of democracy of these three countries, extract lessons concerning best (and worst) practices, and recommend measures that could be taken to improve democracy in each.
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