Month: October 2010

Race Against Time: Countdown to the Referenda in Southern Sudan and Abyei

The report, Race Against Time, documents the many unresolved problems of the referenda and the technical challenges presented by the compressed timetable for registration and voting. It draws lessons from Sudan’s flawed national elections earlier this year and provides timelines, a guide to electoral bodies in Sudan, comparisons with other referenda and a comprehensive bibliography of legislative and other current documents.

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Southeast Asia Arms Race. Not.

The spectacular growth in ASEAN defence spending during the period 2005-2009, noted in the Time report and elsewhere, was a recovery following the sharp drop after the 1997 economic crisis. ASEAN as a whole is roughly back to where it stood a dozen years ago, although a few individual countries have come out ahead.

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