Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2009

U.S. Electoral Assistance: Lessons Learned

Richard W. Soudriette

November 2008

Academy of Political Science


As President-elect Obama prepares to assume office on January 20, 2009, it is important for the incoming Administration to consider keeping America’s long standing bipartisan commitment to promoting democracy worldwide. President-elect Obama spoke eloquently about the need to engage America’s allies and friends to address global challenges. To continue promoting democracy in the future, the United States must engage other democracies and tap multilateral resources such as the Community of Democracies.