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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
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

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