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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
May 01, 2017
El Laboratorio Juvenil Democrático (LJD) es una iniciativa del Instituto Republicano Internacional (IRI) que sustituyo la idea de un laboratorio de ciencias por un conjunto de actividades cuyo objetivo es recopilar ideas de políticas públicas, el desarrollo e implementación de ideas, y la difusión... Read More
May 01, 2017
In 2003, 75 members of the opposition were arrested and condemned in Cuba; a time now called the Black Spring. The Cuban government believed that the wives, mothers and daughters of the political prisoners would remain silent, as they wouldn’t want to cause more problems for their imprisoned loved... Read More
April 28, 2017
With major upcoming elections in Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and parliamentary and provincial elections in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 2017 is set to be a year of change in Asia.   Compounded by the threat of violent extremism and the push for increased regional integration within the... Read More
April 27, 2017
Unfortunately, the rise of Islamic State (IS) has continued at a steady rate over the last year as the fighting in Syria and Iraq provide platforms for those who want to take up arms for a cause that is perhaps unrealistic back home. The rise of foreign fighters flooding to these widespread... Read More
April 27, 2017
Not long ago, my friend and colleague, Hal Ferguson, wrote on this blog about the rise of ISIS and in his opinion the way to defeat ISIS through more effective and inclusive local governance.  While many might... Read More