April 2016

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April 28, 2016
At the beginning of 2016, IRI partnered with the Government of Canada’s Center for Expertise on Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, to design and implement a regional democratic governance program focused on strengthening citizen security. Thanks to Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task... Read More
April 28, 2016
Turkish politics reveals a number of features of a dominant-party system.  For the last 14 years, the ruling AK Party has come out of all general elections as a winner and ran only single-party governments since 2002. The opposition has been weak and divided along ethnic and social identity... Read More
April 26, 2016
Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. Twenty-two years ago, the country held its first democratic elections in which people of all races and economic classes were allowed to vote. The elections brought... Read More
April 26, 2016
I recently heard Russian democratic activist Vladimir Kara-Murza speak movingly to an American audience about leadership, human freedom and the West’s duty towards those struggling to taste democracy. It wasn’t my first time with him. In September 2015, an enfeebled Kara-Murza appeared at IRI’s... Read More
April 25, 2016
Flying in and out of the Brussels airport on a weekly basis, and sometimes even more frequently, I was lucky that on that particular Tuesday morning, I wasn’t there. As soon as I received the shocking news about the terrorist attacks, my mailbox, Facebook and Twitter were flooded by messages from... Read More
April 25, 2016
Just a few days after the deadly Paris terrorist attacks, 34-year-old Enes Omeragic walked into a small betting shop in the Sarajevo suburb of Rajlovac carrying an AK-47 assault rifle.   He immediately approached the table where the Bosnian army servicemen were sitting, ignoring the rest of... Read More
April 24, 2016
In October, 2015, Generation Democracy hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal and brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal for a collaborative conference and advocacy skills... Read More
April 24, 2016
As expected, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) dominated Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Serbia by winning around half of the vote.  Vucic had called early elections in January in order to continue his government’s reformist path toward European Union... Read More
April 19, 2016
People don’t want to live where their lives are threatened, where there is no work, or where there is no freedom. That’s why they leave places like Syria and Cuba. However, you wouldn’t think that would be the case so much in Central America, after peace processes replaced the conflicts of the... Read More
April 19, 2016
Democratic societies require vibrant civil society sectors that enable citizens to freely influence public decision-making, work as problem solvers and hold governments accountable.   The track record of civil society activity in the Arab world is mixed.  In Tunisia, the Nobel Prize... Read More

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