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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
May 08, 2018
Politics makes for great theater, and nothing could be truer for Malaysia’s May 9 general election. On Wednesday, embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak will face off against his former mentor and former prime minister, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohammed. Mahathir, viewed by many as the father of modern... Read More
May 07, 2018
After nine years of political deadlock, Lebanon finally held parliamentary elections on Sunday, May 6. The historic day saw both democratic achievements, the election of six women, and a few setbacks,... Read More
May 04, 2018
The Gambia had the greatest annual increase in freedom, according to Freedom House’s 2018 Freedom in the World report. On a scale of 0 to 100, Gambia’s score rose 21 points due to drastic improvements to the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association. As The Gambia embarks on consolidating... Read More

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