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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 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 08, 2017
In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, the King instituted constitutional reforms in response to demands for more citizen-centered governance. The task now is implementation. IRI is thus on the ground, helping Morocco put into practice reforms that empower local government to tackle the... Read More
September 06, 2017
“What do you do?” By now, every D.C dweller is used to this question and most likely has a go-to answer. For the Democracy and Governance (D&G) world, though, the question has become a bit more loaded. In tight financial times, when every dollar spent is being even more closely watched,... Read More
September 05, 2017
On Valentine’s Day 2011, my adventures with the International Republican Institute (IRI) as the Regional Program Director for Central America began. Upon landing in Guatemala, I was very excited.   As I ventured outside the airport terminal, my new colleagues soon found me. We talked about... Read More
August 29, 2017
Lev Biriuk is a well-known and respected person in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. Lev started his political career back in 1989. Since that time, Lev has been a Member of Parliament three times, was elected to the Khmelnytskyi oblast (regional) council, and was elected three times as a councilmember of the... Read More
August 25, 2017
Цього тижня Україна відсвяткувала свій 26 рік незалежності від Радянського Cоюзу після століть іноземного панування. У значній кількості міжнародних дискусій та звітів щодо України йдеться про багато викликів, які стоять перед країною, включаючи економічні труднощі, повільне впровадження програми... Read More