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February 2016

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February 29, 2016
On Friday February 26, Irish voters went to the polls to elect 157 representatives in the Dáil Éireann (the Irish lower chamber) and, by extension, the composition of their government.  Traditionally, Irish politics has been a two-and-a-half party system, with the center-to-center-right... Read More
February 28, 2016
Two courageous young Zimbabwean women, called Loveness and Ruvimbo, recently went head-to-head with patriarchy – and won! With the assistance of Veritas, one of IRI’s local partners, the two women took a case to... Read More
February 26, 2016
In October 2015, IRI’s global youth initiative, Generation Democracy, hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal that brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger... Read More
February 19, 2016
On February 21, Nigeriens will go to the polls for presidential and legislative elections. These elections are an important democratic test for Niger which has been historically governed by a small group of political party leaders and plagued by four coup d’états since multi-party democracy was... Read More
February 18, 2016
I served as a party poll agent for my political party for the first time in 2006, during mid-term elections here in the United States. I was given the assignment the day before Election Day, was told to sign a form registering me as an official party poll agent, and told to show up at my assigned... Read More
February 17, 2016
Unos vientos frescos parecieran soplar en la capital argentina de Buenos Aires, trayendo con ellos un cambio bienvenido.   Estuve ahí la primera semana de febrero con un grupo de funcionarios municipales de Centroamérica que participaba en un intercambio de experiencias con programas... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
February 16, 2016
On February 18, Ugandans will go to the polls for the third general election since the country’s return to multi-party politics in 2005.  With a national median age near 16, this will be an important democratic moment for young Ugandans, many of whom are voting for the first time or standing... Read More
February 16, 2016
Fresh winds seem to be blowing in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires, bringing some welcome change.  I was there the week of February 1 with a group of Central American municipal officials on an exchange to learn about Argentina’s citizen security programs.  Not only are there signs of... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
February 11, 2016
My name is Yuta Anno and I am working for the International Republican Institute as a student intern.  I am going to write about my experience living in DC and studying Africa as a Japanese student. I have been working in the Africa division for the last three months.  While at university, I took... Read More
February 07, 2016
Gracias a un convenio con el Gobierno de Canadá, el IRI ha podido invitar a 35 representantes de dos municipios y una metrópolis de Guatemala y Honduras a visitar sus contrapartes en Sudamérica quienes exhiben ejemplos de buenas prácticas en prevención de la criminalidad.  El viaje empezó el... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean

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