The Democracy and Governance Program was excited to expand our research group offerings in 2016 and offer students the opportunity to conduct research on electoral violence for presentation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Working with Dr. Patrick Quirk, students performed assessments of the risk for violence surrounding upcoming elections around the world and developed policy recommendations for preventing or mitigating identified risks.
Through their work on this important topic, students developed expertise in the main analytic methodologies utilized by the U.S. Government and others for assessing electoral violence. They crafted original reports tailored for policy makers in this area and delivered oral briefings at the State Department on their findings. In addition to producing valuable analysis for those in the field, students further developed their own professional skills and gained experience in a key area of the democracy and governance sector.
In 2016, students conducted assessments of upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Thailand, and Afghanistan. Dr. Quirk once again led this research group in Spring 2017.