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Governance & Accountability

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Open Society Voices

Burma’s Voters See a Bright Future for Their Country, Polls Show

November 18, 2015 by Ben Suffian

Public polling indicates that citizens are solidly behind the National League for Democracy’s priorities—and never had much confidence in the ousted military regime.

How a Protest in Afghanistan Instilled Hope for the Country’s Future

November 17, 2015 by Shaharzad Akbar 5

After the beheadings of seven innocent members of an ethnic minority, Afghans hoped their protest would draw attention to the violence—but it achieved something far more profound.

Churches in Former Soviet States Are Becoming Political Power Players

November 9, 2015 by Adam Hug 1

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, religious institutions have asserted themselves, with churches playing a central role in determining countries’ futures across the region.

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