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The blog section contains contributions from AGORA's partners, affiliated institutions and experts on parliamentary development, capturing the state of play in the field.

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Supporters, spoilers or sidelined: the role of parliaments in peacebuilding

Parliaments are likely to play a crucial role when states transition from war towards peace. Yet this role is often overlooked and very little research exists on the role of parliaments in peace processes and peacebuilding.

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Redefining collaboration and healing public trust through open parliament reforms

There is a disconnect between citizens and the parliament in Indonesia. At least that is what the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Indonesian Parliament (DPR RI) found from a public perception survey conducted between July and August 2020.

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How parliaments can keep an eye on surveillance technology during COVID-19

COVID-19 could affect a shift towards a surveillance culture. Once introduced, privacy-infringing technologies may be difficult to reverse. The next generation of digital technology and artificial intelligence could enable autocratic countries or those with weak democracies to identify and curb opposition.