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August 01, 2017
Involucrar, empoderar y conectar a los jóvenes para que participen en los procesos políticos es una de las grandes misiones del IRI.  En Colombia, se vio la importancia de involucrar a los jóvenes en el proceso de la implementación del Acuerdo de Paz, por lo cuál desarrollo el proyecto “... Read More
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
February 01, 2017
We are talking about Colombia in our second episode of “Global,” with the 30th President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana; Nick Miroff, Latin America Correspondent for the Washington Post; and IRI Resident Country Director for Colombia Gabriela Serrano.  With every podcast, we include a behind-... Read More
November 01, 2016
Plaza Bolivar is Bogota's historic public square, just yards from the spot where Colombia secured her independence and around the corner from some of the national government's most powerful offices. Hours after it became clear that the referendum on the 297-page peace accord between the government... Read More
October 04, 2016
Despite polls predicting a handy win for the ‘yes’ vote, the ‘no’s’ had it by a slim margin in Sunday’s plebiscite on Colombia’s peace accords.  The turnout, despite rainy weather, was heavier than expected.  Was it a slap in the face for President Santos?  Sign of a divided nation... Read More
September 22, 2016
Besides being prime places to experience South American cuisine, Colombia and Peru are in prime positions for their members of Congress and their staff to strengthen legislative services and oversight. The eagerness to energize such actions was brought to light during the series of technical... Read More
September 16, 2016
Before I began working at IRI, an exchange was simply an opportunity to travel while earning academic credit. However, after implementing legislative exchanges at IRI, I now see that they are not only a valuable foreign policy tool, but more importantly serve as a unique opportunity to build... Read More
August 22, 2016
This week, IRI as part of the U.S. House of Representative’s House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program, hits the road as we travel to Colombia and Peru with the goal of furthering HDP’s partnership with these important member countries.  HDP is a unique program; offering peer-to-peer exchange... Read More
May 24, 2016
No es común que noticias de un pueblo pequeño, de apenas 2,000 habitantes en su mayoría campesinos, lleguen a los medios nacionales y se mantengan ahí por dos semanas. Todo comenzó a mediados de abril, cuando el ejército y la policía montaron un operativo militar que, según las noticias, requirió... Read More
March 17, 2016
Often times, the most powerful phrase in IRI's work is simply: "We can do that." I recently met with a number of mayors from communities across Honduras where IRI has been working to foster citizen security. Violent crime, particularly gang crime, is one of the greatest threats to the country's... Read More