2 July 2014 14:00 - 16:00 (GMT+01 (BST))Public eventThis event was streamed live on the ODI websiteDetailsAudio/VideoDetailsSpeakers Claire Smith, University of York George Varughese, The Asia Foundation, Nepal David Harris, University of Bradford Silas Everett, The Asia Foundation, Cambodia Lisa Denney, Overseas Development InstituteChair Alina Rocha Menocal, Overseas Development InstituteMany countries emerging from conflict across the developing world face a daunting challenge. They are trying to build a functioning and effective state; develop more open, inclusive, and representative political orders; and revitalise the link between state and society. In countries embarking on these processes, elections have featured prominently as an essential – and often early – step in building legitimacy and enable citizens to take part in shaping a common future.Yet elections can also be destabilising and act as detonators of (further) violence and conflict if conditions are not right. This event draws on experience from a variety of post-conflict countries, including Cambodia, East Timor, Liberia, Nepal and Sierra Leone.We consider:What are the challenges and opportunities embedded in elections in post-conflict settings, and how can dilemmas and trade-offs be managed? Can elections help foster legitimacy of emerging political orders in post-conflict settings, and if so, how? What can be learned from young democracies emerging from such processes, and what are the implications for more effective support to post-conflict states seeking to more legitimacy and effectiveness? For more information about ODI's work on elections, visit our page for the elections initiative.Follow #ballotsnotbullets on Twitter for live coverage.This is an event in the following series: Elections, legitimacy and transitions: lessons from emerging democraciesView content in the Search Centre:Middle East and North AfricaAsiaCambodiaTimor-LesteSub-Saharan AfricaLiberiaNepalSierra Leone Audio/VideoClick the play button to start the video player. Once started, choose a particular speaker or segment by clicking the 'Playlist' button on the top left of the video box.