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May 22, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More
May 22, 2017
Earlier this month, the outgoing president of Timor-Leste called an election for National Parliament, set to take place on Saturday, July 22. This will be the fourth parliamentary election held since the country restored independence from Indonesia in 2002. You can learn more about Timor-Leste... Read More
May 19, 2017
I am energized by the incredible courage, energy and resolve of the Libyan women that participated in the five-day training “Increasing Women Political Participation in Libya,” sponsored by the International Republican Institute, where I was honored to be one of three facilitators. During the... Read More
May 17, 2017
Political participation plays a critical role in the promotion of democratic governance, the rule of law, social inclusion and economic development. The right to participate in political life is important in empowering individuals and groups which can eliminate marginalization and discrimination.... Read More
May 15, 2017
As the primary nomination process for Kenya’s August 2017 general elections heats up, the potential for election-related violence are at the forefront of news coverage and citizen concerns. These concerns are a reflection of the vivid memory of violence during the 2007 election cycle, which,... Read More
May 12, 2017
After the “no vote” prevailed in last October’s plebiscite, thousands of Colombians—including a large number of young people—took to the streets in Bogotá and other major cities calling to continue peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas.  As a result, the... Read More
May 09, 2017
Few countries in the world face more challenges than the Central African Republic (CAR). Since independence, the country has experienced multiple coups, spillover effects from regional instability and most recently, has suffered from violent conflict between armed groups that take advantage of the... Read More
May 08, 2017
2016 was not a great year for freedom worldwide. As the 2017 Freedom in the World report noted, last year marked the... Read More
May 04, 2017
On April 4, IRI published its most recent survey of Georgian Public Opinion (posted here), the 23rd such poll that IRI has conducted in Georgia since May 2003.  More importantly... Read More
May 03, 2017
The Central African Republic (CAR) is emerging from a crisis that began when rebels overthrew the national government in 2013. This upheaval came with a chaotic and violent period for the country. A new president was elected in 2016, but the country is still very fragile. Militias’ use of religious... Read More

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