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July 31, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More
April 27, 2017
Not long ago, my friend and colleague, Hal Ferguson, wrote on this blog about the rise of ISIS and in his opinion the way to defeat ISIS through more effective and inclusive local governance.  While many might... Read More
December 22, 2016
Since the 2010-2011 revolution, Tunisia’s government has struggled through multiple changes in leadership as it finds it footing and embarks on a new phase of history.  Over the course of the ongoing transition faith in the government has waned as public expectations, especially among youth,... Read More
December 16, 2016
Balancing the governance equation IRI’s Citizen Academy program is modeled after longstanding, successful municipal outreach programs in Alexandra, VA and Scottsdale, AZ. The program started in Jordan near the end of 2015. Citizen Academies provide city residents with the knowledge and networks... Read More
November 27, 2016
Ain Draham is small town located high in the Kroumirie mountains only a few kilometers from the Algerian border. The historic summer resort area is a retreat for tourists seeking the healing effects of the hot springs. The town itself is anything but healing for local residents. Poverty,... Read More
November 23, 2016
From November 2-8, 2016, I travelled to Morocco on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network. My first trip to the field since joining IRI in June, I went to conduct interviews with politically active women in the towns of Rabat and Essaouira for a gender assessment. WDN’s standardized gender... Read More
November 04, 2016
Decision-making processes in Morocco have long been dominated by gray-haired men. In the last five years, however, this has begun to change. In the wake of Morocco’s 20 February Movement in 2011,... Read More
October 19, 2016
Last week, IRI brought together 15 amazing young people from across Morocco for the country’s first Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), which provided training to young people so that they can more effectively tell their stories and spread positive social messages using modern media techniques. They... Read More
October 05, 2016
Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Tunisia to meet with nine graduates from IRI’s Regional Civil Society Academy and talk to them about their experience. The Civil Society Academy, held in Morocco and in Tunisia, is a three-week program for civil society activists from throughout the... Read More
October 03, 2016
While the results of Jordan’s September 20, 2016 parliamentary elections are unlikely to have a major impact throughout the greater Middle East, the outcome could impact Jordan’s political future in significant ways by virtue of an increased presence of women and Islamists in parliament and the... Read More

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