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Election Observation and the Democratic Uprising in Belarus

This event was held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.

Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter with the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA) for an event with Mary Stegmaier (University of Missouri).

How do we know if elections meet international democratic standards? In this presentation, Stegmaier will discuss the process of international election observation done by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), her experience observing parliamentary elections in Belarus, and the Belarusian democratic uprising that began in August after the rigged presidential election. The presentation will conclude with a discussion about OSCE election observation in the US.

Mary Stegmaier, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost for International Programs and an Associate Professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. As a scholar of comparative politics, she has spent extensive time conducting research in the Czech Republic. Her work on international elections and voting behavior has been published in academic journals and she has contributed to the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution blog. She has also served as an international election observer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Albania, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Macedonia.


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