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August 24, 2016
On a hot summer day in 1944, my grandfather left his beloved Ukraine on a sleigh - the only means of transportation available to him - believing he would never see his homeland again. One of millions of Ukrainians displaced by World War II, he fled the country with the advancing Soviet army,... Read More
August 24, 2016
There is a photo on the wall of IRI's Kyiv office as you enter of a young child sitting on his father’s shoulders wearing a "Ukraine" headband and waving a small Ukrainian flag.  It was taken at the 1996 Ukrainian Independence Day parade by IRI's Senior Advisor for Eurasia, Chris Holzen.... Read More
August 23, 2016
Shan State proved to be an anomaly in Burma’s 2015 election. In most of the country Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) dominated, but the results in Burma’s largest state were exceptional in scale and diversity.  Over 10 political parties won at least one seat in the Shan... Read More
August 22, 2016
This week, IRI as part of the U.S. House of Representative’s House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program, hits the road as we travel to Colombia and Peru with the goal of furthering HDP’s partnership with these important member countries.  HDP is a unique program; offering peer-to-peer exchange... Read More
August 19, 2016
Women around the world are breaking the glass ceiling in politics.  Amazing, competent, motivated women are leading the way for others. So why don’t we hear about them? Many women say that even after they are elected their voices still go unheard and their contributions are too often... Read More
August 19, 2016
During my preliminary research in preparing for a week of learning about e-governance in Estonia, I came across a quote from technology entrepreneur, Marc Adreessen, that read, “Skype has a great engineering team, which I like to describe as ‘all of Estonia.’” After being week embedded in Tallinn... Read More
August 17, 2016
As the West momentarily turned its attention to the Rio Olympics and the latest developments in the U.S. presidential campaign, tensions between Ukraine and Russia dramatically increased over the last week. On Wednesday, August 10, Russia accused Ukrainian special forces of launching a planned “... Read More
August 16, 2016
Desde hace algunos años atrás he escuchado la siguiente afirmación “la prensa se ha convertido en el cuarto poder” y de la mano de esta oración viene a mi mente la siguiente frase “sin periodistas no hay periodismo y sin periodismo no hay democracia.” Ahora me pregunto, realmente sabemos el... Read More
August 12, 2016
The Crimean Tatar people, deported from Crimea in May 1944 by the Soviet regime of Stalin, were able to return to the peninsula only in the 90s, after Ukraine gained its independence. For many years, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has supported training programs for Crimean Tatar... Read More
August 11, 2016
In looking at IRI’s recent Tunisia poll, one figure stands out to me: 70 percent of Tunisians do not think their politicians pay attention to the needs and ideas of young people. This number is disconcerting for many reasons. For one thing, it is clear that Tunisian youth are worth listening to... Read More