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May 24, 2018
Disinformation campaigns often exploit existing cleavages within democratic societies or seek to sow doubt in democratic processes or institutions. These attacks—no matter their form—are often political in nature, so we believe that any strategy to push back must have a strong political component—... Read More
May 23, 2018
As the looming issue of rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign fighters begins to saturate the Western Balkans, policy leaders are grappling to understand and identify early warning signs that lead to radicalization, learning the dynamics and profiles of those vulnerable to radicalization, and... Read More
May 22, 2018
Ten years ago, civic tech was the edgy space where those “technology people” were scheming and concocting, intent on upsetting the civic system. Several years ago, it was a space of curiosity and prospecting, still edgy, but this time with funding and buzzwords. I would argue that though there are... Read More
May 18, 2018
Countless hours of preparation and work go into running for parliament.  Once elected, it might seem like the hard work is over. But in reality, the work is only just beginning.  Newly elected parliamentarians are faced with the challenges of navigating the legislative process,... Read More
May 17, 2018
Looking at the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year, it is difficult to see any silver lining. What began as a series of peaceful protests has deteriorated into a civil war, devastating the country and drawing in many world powers and neighboring states. The result has been one of the worst... Read More
May 14, 2018
While the world awaits vote tallies from the Iraqi High Election Commission (IHEC), low turnout and concerns about electronic voting hindered participation are dominating early analysis of the vote. With... Read More
May 14, 2018
As Vladimir Putin enters his fourth term in office, the human rights situation in Russia continues to deteriorate. We have seen persecution of non-Russian Orthodox religious groups, detainment of protesters, the beating and killing of opponents, and more ‘low intensity’ administrative punishments... Read More
May 11, 2018
When IRI contacted me about returning to Timor-Leste to be a long-term observer (LTO) for the 2018 parliamentary elections, I jumped.  Occupying the... Read More
May 10, 2018
Following several postponements, Tunisians finally went to the polls last Sunday in the country’s first democratic local elections since the 2011 revolution. The message Tunisian voters sent? Indifference. As expected, voter turnout was disappointingly... Read More
May 09, 2018
In July, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect more than 3,400 positions for federal, state and local offices- including the country’s president, governors in nine states, 1,596 mayors, and 1,100 legislative seats. Although from a US perspective it is easy to get wrapped up in the most recent... Read More

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