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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 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 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 05, 2017
Last week Generation Democracy, IRI’s flagship youth program, gathered 34 participants from seven countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia) for a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Generation Democracy links reform-minded youth from developing and... Read More
June 01, 2017
For the past three months, 45 young emerging leaders from Asia have been networking, sharing experiences, and collaborating on project ideas that would serve to address unemployment and poverty alleviation challenges that their countries face. In early May they flew from Burma, Bhutan and... Read More
June 01, 2017
The month of June brings the 30th anniversary of President Reagan's “Tear Down This Wall” speech and the 35th anniversary of his Westminster speech. In both historic speeches,... Read More
May 26, 2017
Women’s voices are still missing in the political spear worldwide. For any country to achieve and sustain a full democracy woman must have the opportunity to participate in the political process. Some might ask why this is important. To them I ask, “What is democracy? Is it people for the people,... Read More
May 26, 2017
While the rest of the world worries about the impact of fake news on elections and referendums in the United States, United Kingdom and most recently France, emerging democracies are facing the same threat. Fake news has come to the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region with a vengeance and it is... Read More