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February 24, 2017
M’barka is a young woman from a rural village in southern Morocco. As she recounted to IRI, she was new to politics, having joined a political party a year and a half ago. Though she came with high hopes, she found herself quickly disheartened by discouraging comments from her colleagues in the... Read More
February 20, 2017
With the support of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI has launched a program designed to strengthen the participation of Libyan women in their country’s political process, as candidates, political activists and elected officials. This new project is designed to provide training on... Read More
February 07, 2017
Meet Stacie Brown, one of our hosts for IRI's podcast "Global."      
February 01, 2017
We are talking about Colombia in our second episode of “Global,” with the 30th President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana; Nick Miroff, Latin America Correspondent for the Washington Post; and IRI Resident Country Director for Colombia Gabriela Serrano.  With every podcast, we include a behind-... Read More
January 10, 2017
Since 2014, IRI has been working to help bridge the gap between local government, civil society organizations, and at-risk youth and communities. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, IRI is bringing together these diverse stakeholders through agenda-building roundtables,... Read More
January 04, 2017
The last few weeks of 2016 saw three major electoral developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. The first was on December 1, when Gambians ousted 22-year incumbent President Yahya Jammeh at the ballot box. His loss was not as surprising as his rather swift... Read More
January 03, 2017
It is somehow customary for humans to believe that calendars can influence the beginning and the end of their troubles.  In many locations around the globe, December 31, 2016 was viewed as a hopeful end to what was certainly a tough year.  Political tsunamis, increasing terror threats... 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
June 08, 2016
June 8 marks the 34th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's historic address to the British Parliament. While many remember his speech for his bold declaration that "Marxism-Leninism" would be left "on the ash heap of history," tragically, it seems that modern audiences have forgotten what... Read More
May 26, 2016
How do you define democracy? While democracy is a term we frequently use in our line of work, we rarely discuss the definition. In seeking to quantify progress towards democracy, the term is often diluted to a set of indicators that measure freedom of association, accountability, number of parties... Read More

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