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December 20, 2016
For several years now, the German federal and state security services have managed to just outpace a number of planned terrorist attacks in the country.  Breaking up plot after plot just before it could be carried out, they had kept Germany’s citizens protected from the kinds of large-scale,... Read More
December 15, 2016
For many years, Olga Pikula had encountered firsthand the plight of homeless animals in her hometown of Mariupol, Ukraine through her own volunteer work. It wasn’t until working with IRI as a newly-elected LEO (local elected official) of Mariupol’s City Council, however, that she felt truly... Read More
November 22, 2016
To bring about change at all is difficult enough; to inspire change when no one else acknowledges the problem is practically a Herculean feat. “My colleagues did not understand why I was addressing the issue of out-of-school education,” recalls Ukrainian Olga Chichina. “No one has worked with this... Read More
September 07, 2016
The International Republican Institute’s (IRI) latest poll on Ukraine includes some figures on corruption that may seem shocking those unacquainted with the country. For example, one quarter of respondents who... Read More
August 28, 2016
Physical and mental disabilities have long been stigmatized in Post-Soviet countries. This stigmatization has contributed to the creation of systems that do not prioritize efficient service delivery for persons with disabilities, or the creation of social programs that would directly benefit them... Read More
August 24, 2016
On this, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, we thought we’d take a moment to share some things you might not have known about IRI’s longstanding support to Ukraine.   Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and IRI opened... Read More
August 24, 2016
On a hot summer day in 1944, my grandfather left his beloved Ukraine on a sleigh - the only means of transportation available to him - believing he would never see his homeland again. One of millions of Ukrainians displaced by World War II, he fled the country with the advancing Soviet army,... Read More
August 24, 2016
There is a photo on the wall of IRI's Kyiv office as you enter of a young child sitting on his father’s shoulders wearing a "Ukraine" headband and waving a small Ukrainian flag.  It was taken at the 1996 Ukrainian Independence Day parade by IRI's Senior Advisor for Eurasia, Chris Holzen.... Read More
August 19, 2016
Women around the world are breaking the glass ceiling in politics.  Amazing, competent, motivated women are leading the way for others. So why don’t we hear about them? Many women say that even after they are elected their voices still go unheard and their contributions are too often... Read More
August 17, 2016
As the West momentarily turned its attention to the Rio Olympics and the latest developments in the U.S. presidential campaign, tensions between Ukraine and Russia dramatically increased over the last week. On Wednesday, August 10, Russia accused Ukrainian special forces of launching a planned “... Read More

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