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February 06, 2018
It’s been a little over seven years since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the regional capital building in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Like Mohamed Bouazizi, most of the inhabitants of Sidi Bouzid lost hope for a better future long ago. Systematic marginalization... Read More
September 20, 2017
The International Republican Institute (IRI) recognizes the unique leadership ability, from mitigating and negotiating policies during transitional phases to decision-making during conflict, of women, and that their involvement in the political process leads to better outcomes not only for... Read More
August 10, 2016
Last week I visited Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq for the first time since 2011, and I was struck by the sense of economic and political stagnation that now pervades it.  Everywhere you look there are the concrete shells of half-built high-rises, construction cranes frozen where they... Read More