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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
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
April 26, 2017
Last week, IRI’s Center for Insights in Survey Research released the findings of an extensive public survey conducted in Kyrgyzstan. It is the first public survey in the country... Read More
April 24, 2017
A little over a year after the Revolution of Dignity, with support from Global Affairs Canada, IRI conducted its first in a series of three nationwide municipal surveys, which aimed to capture citizens’ views of their city and of Ukraine. Each year, after the publication of these annual “mega polls... Read More
April 21, 2017
Violence is one of the most troubling problems in Mexican society. At the beginning of 2017, the murder rate jumped significantly in 25 of Mexico’s 32 states, or in about 80 percent of the country. Despite preventive polices and mechanisms introduced at a federal level since 2012, security and... Read More
April 17, 2017
Sentell tells the story of his personal connection with IRI's mission and how his prior work overseas brought him to work with IRI. "I am IRI" highlights the members of our team who aid in achieving our vision of a world where all people are free to determine their own destiny.  ... Read More
April 13, 2017
“By age eighteen I told my mother I wanted to be a leader and help people,” says Honorable Saumu Sakala, one of the eight newly elected women members of parliament who were hosted by IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network for its International Women’s Day Conference, DC. Held in late February, the... Read More