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June 28, 2017
Georgia is the strongest democracy in the former Soviet Union, with aspirations to become a member of the European Union.  For many years, Georgia was widely considered a failed state, with an economy and political system crippled by systemic corruption and non-functioning public services.... Read More
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
March 30, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Ivana Tufegdzik from Macedonia shares her story about the first time she voted.   Read More
March 09, 2017
From February 23rd to 25th IRI hosted the International Democratic Union’s (IDU) Campaign Managers Meeting at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting brought together over forty campaign managers from some two dozen conservative and center-right parties across the globe to exchange... Read More
December 09, 2016
In the minds of many Westerners, Southeast Europe is often associated with images of poverty and corruption. And although these two images are clichés that do not necessarily reflect reality, as a famous former US presidential candidate said early in this year, "Bucharest has faster Internet access... Read More
December 07, 2016
The news from Austria on Sunday was actually about what didn’t happen:  Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria did not win the re-run of the country’s elections for president.  In fact, he didn’t really even come close. If it seems like you’ve already... Read More
December 06, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century Vienna was one of Europe's major intellectual, cultural and political centers. Its diversity and forward-looking character attracted the best minds of contemporary science, art and political life. While being the capital of the Austrian Empire, it became a home to... Read More
December 06, 2016
The times do not seem to be ripe for European leaders to organize referendums. After the spectacular backfire caused by the Brexit referendum (which cost Prime Minister David Cameron his career), and a half-victory for Viktor Orbán on a referendum of migrants quota that he was expected to fully... Read More
November 21, 2016
Last week The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in partnership with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) hosted the “Women, Peace & Security Conference” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. WDN, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year,... Read More
September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More

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