The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Studies (Institute) aims to provide Jordanian and regional electoral stakeholders with research, assistance, and evaluation programs to strengthen electoral institutions and processes. As a platform for electoral programming, the Institute offers three distinct advantages. First, it will be a Near East-based entity whose programming will benefit from the contacts and insights provided by its location. Second, it is academic in nature. Where some NGOs may be viewed as having political agenda, the academic dimension is intended to strengthen the political objectivity associated with its analysis and recommendations. And third, international experts can also be engaged by the Institute if special expertise on particular topics is required.