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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
January 29, 2018
Tanja Tomic, a former member of the Macedonia Parliament, is a member of the Women’s Democracy Network– in fact, she attended WDN’s inaugural Europe regional conference in Skopje in 2005. Tanja has served as a trainer and facilitator for WDN throughout the years... Read More
December 08, 2017
“We have trade and energy ties with Iran. We did not breach the sanctions [on Iran]. Whatever the verdict is, we did the right thing. We have never made commitments to the U.S. [on our energy ties with Iran],” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly told ruling Justice and Development... Read More
November 20, 2017
It is part of human nature to suppress and ignore various uncomfortable indicators. The belief that life as we know it, will continue more or less in the same direction even with clear signs showing the opposite, is very hard to counter with rational thoughts and acts until the change becomes too... Read More
October 16, 2017
Just over 20 years ago, leaders of the main ethnic groups of former Yugoslavia signed the Dayton Agreement, ending years of bloody conflict. Few Americans are familiar with the Dayton agreement and America’s involvement in facilitating the agreement. Even fewer are up to speed on what is currently... Read More
October 16, 2017
One lesson from yesterday’s early elections to the National Council in Austria is this: the mainline center-right and center-left parties in Europe are not necessarily consigned to ever-dwindling results if they can reorient themselves to better address the views and demands of the population and... Read More
September 12, 2017
A few years ago, I passed the much-feared threshold that officially separates “youth” from “grown up.” During this time, colleagues that I had trained as part of IRI's youth programs came of age politically and were being elected into parliament and joining their national governments.... Read More
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