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August 14, 2018
In honor of International Youth Day, IRI highlights the story of Nicolas Victorin. At 32, he is... Read More
August 13, 2018
In 1960, the island nation of Sri Lanka made history when Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female prime minister. Despite this achievement towards women’s... Read More
August 09, 2018
Friday, August 3 Cuban authorities arrested Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Unión Patriotica de Cuba (Patriotic Union of Cuba – UNPACU), near Santiago de Cuba. Normally, when the regime arrests a dissident it is not newsworthy as it occurs with depressing regularity. However, Ferrer’s arrest—and... Read More
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August 09, 2018
In 2006, people took the streets to chant Loktantra Zindabad, meaning “long-live democracy” in Nepali. Millions shouted these words to put an end to the direct rule of the King in Nepal. The April uprising of 2006 not only transformed the Himalaya nation from monarch to republic, but also restored... Read More
August 08, 2018
Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, university students in Burma organized protests against General Ne Win’s totalitarian one-party government, under whose rule Burma became one of the poorest... Read More
August 07, 2018
Due to its multicultural, multiethnic composition and complex political system, a stable BiH is imperative for security within the fragile Western Balkans. BiH's security is threatened by the collision of influence and interests of several global actors. Thus, in addition to benefitting BiH’s... Read More
August 03, 2018
In July 1918, a non-American flag flew over the White House – one of only two times this occurred in U.S. history. Any guesses? No, it wasn’t the Union Jack, but another red, white and blue flag... Read More
August 02, 2018
Last May in Chernivtsi, a small city tucked away in southwestern Ukraine, a group of 50 citizens representing the city’s housing associations (known by Ukrainians as OSBBs) pledged to form an organization that would represent the interests of all homeowners and hold the municipal government to... Read More
August 01, 2018
In our increasingly tumultuous world, a wide range of political ideologies, belief systems and religious expressions are being coopted for nefarious and often violent ends. Violent conflict and other destabilizing dynamics often subsume religious groups as the targets or justification for violence... Read More
July 26, 2018
The 2015 election in Burma was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after 50 years of authoritarian rule. With the NLD in power, expectations were high for continued economic and political reforms.  While the election was a positive first step, it would be a mistake to... Read More

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