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May 2018

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May 31, 2018
On May 20, President Nicolas Maduro won re-election in a hastily arranged snap vote dubbed a sham by a large group of Venezuela’s democratic forces. The Lima Group, a coalition of 14 regional countries advocating... Read More
May 29, 2018
"Access to information is a human right but, more importantly, it is a tool to realize other rights." -- National Deputy Karina Banfi About a year ago, I wrote about Argentina’s moment of opportunity to lay the groundwork for long... Read More
May 25, 2018
I recently traveled to Ghana as an observer to support IRI’s research project on identifying the barriers to women’s participation in political parties. This was my second trip to Ghana, having first visited this thriving democracy in 2016 when I served as part of a delegation that conducted a pre-... Read More
May 24, 2018
Disinformation campaigns often exploit existing cleavages within democratic societies or seek to sow doubt in democratic processes or institutions. These attacks—no matter their form—are often political in nature, so we believe that any strategy to push back must have a strong political component—... Read More
May 23, 2018
As the looming issue of rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign fighters begins to saturate the Western Balkans, policy leaders are grappling to understand and identify early warning signs that lead to radicalization, learning the dynamics and profiles of those vulnerable to radicalization, and... Read More
May 22, 2018
Ten years ago, civic tech was the edgy space where those “technology people” were scheming and concocting, intent on upsetting the civic system. Several years ago, it was a space of curiosity and prospecting, still edgy, but this time with funding and buzzwords. I would argue that though there are... Read More
May 18, 2018
Countless hours of preparation and work go into running for parliament.  Once elected, it might seem like the hard work is over. But in reality, the work is only just beginning.  Newly elected parliamentarians are faced with the challenges of navigating the legislative process,... Read More
May 17, 2018
Looking at the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year, it is difficult to see any silver lining. What began as a series of peaceful protests has deteriorated into a civil war, devastating the country and drawing in many world powers and neighboring states. The result has been one of the worst... Read More
May 14, 2018
While the world awaits vote tallies from the Iraqi High Election Commission (IHEC), low turnout and concerns about electronic voting hindered participation are dominating early analysis of the vote. With... Read More
May 14, 2018
As Vladimir Putin enters his fourth term in office, the human rights situation in Russia continues to deteriorate. We have seen persecution of non-Russian Orthodox religious groups, detainment of protesters, the beating and killing of opponents, and more ‘low intensity’ administrative punishments... Read More

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