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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
June 12, 2017
IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice (CoP) is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society partners to highlight their work. Through IRI’s partnerships with civil society groups throughout the world, we empower citizens to find solutions to community problems and be... Read More
June 09, 2017
Tanzania, the largest nation in the East African Community, is an incredibly diverse country. It is home to approximately 125 different ethnic groups, large Christian and Muslim communities and more than 100 spoken languages. Tanzania is also an incredibly youthful country, with majority of the... Read More
June 08, 2017
As we entered Liliesleaf Farm—the secret organizing site of Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activists during the 1960’s—our communications trainer Abella turned to me and whispered, “I wonder how I would have responded if I was there.”  Although its leafy exterior nestled in the quiet... Read More
June 06, 2017
Unfortunately, the rise of the 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
June 05, 2017
Day two in Johannesburg—JoBurg, Jozy, or whatever you want to call this South African city playing host to our fourth Generation Democracy Conference. We kicked off the second day with an incredible session on media engagement and campaigning, led by the articulate Abella Batayunga of Tanzania... Read More