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September 21, 2017
As IRI works to promote democracy worldwide, it is important to highlight the importance of democracy for peace. The Institute works with local and national government leaders to institutionalize transparent processes that include citizens in decision-making so that they have ownership and stock... Read More
September 21, 2017
Security forces and government leaders in Tunisia are eager to collaborate on peaceful solutions to the drivers that are leading Tunisians to join extremist groups. Approximately 6,000 people have fled Tunisia to fight in Syria and Iraq.... Read More
September 20, 2017
The International Republican Institute (IRI) recognizes the unique leadership ability, from mitigating and negotiating policies during transitional phases to decision-making during conflict, of women, and that their involvement in the political process leads to better outcomes not only for... Read More
September 19, 2017
In my last blog, A Deep Bench, I wrote of 36 incredible youth democracy activists from 13 different countries in Asia who met in Bangkok for a weekend of leadership development. At the event, I had the privilege to meet Gunawan, a civil... Read More
September 18, 2017
In many places, women are still seen as incapable of taking on responsibility in what are perceived as male-oriented areas. Many women say that even after they are elected their voices still go unheard and their contributions are too often sidelined. This is a problem all over the world, and the... Read More
September 15, 2017
Last Sunday Russians voted in local elections in 82 administrative regions of the country, including Moscow. They elected governors, municipal, and district deputies. The outcome of this year’s Election Day was mostly unsurprising regarding the results, with some exceptions, and provided us with... Read More
September 13, 2017
Throughout Democracy Speaks, you can read about IRI’s political party trainings. You can find out what kind of curriculum we teach, how many people attended and what the training was like. But a lingering question you may have is: what happens after the training? Since 2014, IRI has worked with... Read More
September 12, 2017
A few years ago, I passed the much-feared threshold that officially separates “youth” from “grown up.” During this time, colleagues that I had trained as part of IRI's youth programs came of age politically and were being elected into parliament and joining their national governments.... Read More
September 11, 2017
This past May, my son was born. As I sat in the hospital room and held him in my hand, I thought what many new parents probably think: how important it is to pass the world to the next generation. Youth are our collective future. Too often young people are excluded from the decision making process... Read More
September 09, 2017
On August 15, just one week after the highly anticipated Kenyan general elections (check out IRI’s podcast on Kenya), the International Republican Institute... Read More