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June 23, 2017
If you say the Tunisian Arabic phrase: Arjaa Ghoudwa – youth will give you a knowing look and understand immediately. Although it means, “come back tomorrow” which seems pretty innocuous – there is actually a deeper connotation.  As IRI works with youth around Tunisia through our CSO network... Read More
June 22, 2017
The first of June, I was fortunate to be traveling with an IRI-sponsored delegation of municipal leaders from La Lima, Honduras, and Salcajá, Guatemala, to Costa Rica and Panama, made possible through a grant from the government of Canada. Our meetings focused on best practices on community... Read More
June 22, 2017
IRI’s Young Women Lead! program brings together promising young Thai women to listen to the personal testimonials of inspiring women from Thailand and the wider international community who have broken through barriers associated with traditional gender stereotypes to flourish in their careers.... Read More
June 21, 2017
In our sixth episode of "Global", we are talking with the Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin Gahl Burt, and IRI Regional Director for Europe Jan Surotchak. Here's our behind-the-scenes blog with related media and some fast facts. Q:... Read More
June 20, 2017
Women need a seat at the political table and IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) helps make that happen. To increase women’s participation in the political process WDN develops the leadership skills of women and strengthens the ability of women to compete in... Read More
June 20, 2017
En Colombia, en medio de la guerra que hemos vivido por décadas, muchas personas han sido víctimas del conflicto. Sin embargo, la cifra de los jóvenes es devastadora, malos tratos, humillaciones e injusticias han sido la verdad oculta con la que han vivido por muchos años. Con el objetivo de... Read More
June 20, 2017
Thirty years ago, President Reagan, a hero to many, stood up in front of the West Berlin audience, with the monumental Brandenburg gate behind his back, and spoke these unforgettable words: “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of... Read More
June 19, 2017
In February, I relocated to Sri Lanka from Burma to become the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Resident Program Director. Since 2015, Sri Lanka has been in the midst of a democratic transition that has created opportunities for political reform and reconciliation following decades of... Read More
June 14, 2017
A lack of economic opportunities, ongoing political gridlock, and still simmering ethnic and religious tensions from the wars surrounding the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, have created a climate of discontent and division that has made Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) a prime target for propaganda... Read More
June 13, 2017
After enduring a long occupation by the Soviet Union, Estonians peacefully protested and eventually gained their independence in 1991.  They were hungry for democracy and developed an inclusive constitution that sought to represent citizens in government and drive the Estonian economy forward... Read More