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April 20, 2018
Textbook democratic theory argues that elected governments are more responsive to constituent concerns and usually produce better living conditions in their countries than authoritarian regimes because citizens in democracies have the power to remove their leaders from office. Compared to their... Read More
April 19, 2018
A small country in West Africa, where one must take a 30-minute long ferry ride on the Atlantic Ocean to get from the airport to the capital, Sierra Leone tends to receive international media attention only when tragedies strike. Headlines have focused on Sierra Leone’s more-than-a-decade... Read More
April 17, 2018
One of the questions often posed regarding exchange programs is whether sustainable and lasting change can be facilitated through people-to-people contact across international borders without continued financial and organizational support from the original host of the exchange. Do exchange program... Read More
April 13, 2018
In March 2018, IRI held its fourth annual Ukraine Democratic Governance (DemGov) Conference in Kyiv to spotlight the various anti-corruption programs going on at the municipal, oblast and national level. Presentations also highlighted the implementation of the Institute's... Read More
April 06, 2018
Despite efforts to improve water quality and access, Nigeria still ranks among the top 5 countries with the worst access to sanitary water. In February, Nigeria’s government launched the... Read More
April 05, 2018
To those watching the upcoming April 13-14 VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru: fasten your seat belts, it might be a bumpy ride. For openers, the chosen theme “Democratic Governance against Corruption” is now a sensitive subject in the host country and in neighboring states. Second, Peru’s... Read More
April 03, 2018
In the past year, hundreds of thousands of Togolese have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbé, whose family has led the West African nation for more than 50 years. A unique case in West Africa, Togo has been ruled by the same family for the last five decades... Read More
April 02, 2018
Underrepresentation of women in politics is not a new issue since Georgia’s independence from the Soviet Union. Since 1998, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has been working on increasing women’s political participation through strengthening women’s... Read More
March 29, 2018
“Fake news,” or disinformation, has become a global concern. Democratic governance works best with an informed, discerning electorate. But what happens when the electorate consumes false information? What happens when popular news stories contain half-truths and half-fictions? As Latin America... Read More
March 22, 2018
History feels like it should be a static, dusty thing that lives only in books. It is something you study in a classroom, disconnected from the present. We all experience history’s legacy in the present day, whether consciously or not, but generally as passive observers. For most, history is... Read More